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While the country watches the contentious debate over whether the Confederate flag will be removed from some state capitol buildings, a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. is expected to soon grace the grounds outside of the Georgia statehouse.

On Monday, State Rep. Calvin Smyrer confirmed that plans to build the statue of the civil rights icon are officially underway, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.The statue will reportedly stand eight-feet tall and include inscriptions of some of King’s powerful words along its base. Governor Nathan Deal first announced plans for the statue last year.

“Placing a statue of Dr. King at the Capitol of his home state is a long overdue honor,” Deal said in a press release.

The state has commissioned Georgian artist Andy Davis to design the towering structure. The statue is scheduled to be completed in early 2016

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