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Friday, 17 August, 2001, 14:53 GMT 15:53 UK
Statue marks epic journey
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The statue was lowered into place with a crane
A statue weighing more than a ton has been installed to mark one of the most remarkable migrations in history.

About 85,000 followers of the Mormon church in Europe travelled through Liverpool on their way to Salt Lake City, in the United States.

Now an eight-feet-high bronze statue has been sent in the opposite direction to provide a permanent memorial to the epic journey.

The sculpture was made by Mark DeGraffenried at a studio 4,000 miles away in Utah.

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The statue is near Liverpool's Albert Dock
It is being donated to the people of Liverpool by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in recognition of the city's role in the migration in 1851.

Liverpool's Lord Mayor Councillor Gerry Scott said: ''This is a fine gesture and one I am delighted to accept on behalf of the city.

"Liverpool's maritime heritage is well-chronicled but this is one remarkable chapter which has only recently come to light."

The sculpture, which features a family group with a child stepping forward to symbolise the migration, was placed in front of the Museum of Liverpool Life near the Albert Dock.

'Emotional homecoming'

It will be officially unveiled on 20 August at a reception where the guests will include US Senator Gordon Smith.

Bill Sadleir, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, said ''Liverpool is a central part of our international anniversary celebrations.

"This is an emotional homecoming for us as it was in this great port city, where our ancestors made their final farewell to Europe 150 years ago - and set off for a new life in America.

"We hope our return will be enjoyed by people of all faiths.''

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