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Rutland statue honors generations stoneworkers

September 23, 2018

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The city of Rutland has a new statue honoring generations of stoneworkers.

The marble statue of a stoneworker holding a hammer and chisel was dedicated on Thursday in the Center Street Marketplace Park.

WPTZ-TV reports that the Rutland area once had several large quarries employing thousands of workers at a time.

Stephen Shaheen, one of the artists who helped carve the piece, says “it represents many different people who were involved in the stone industry.”

Another carver, Kellie Pereira also worked on the piece and two artists from Italy helped with the project.

Vermont Quarries Corp. provided the stone. A plaque says the monument is dedicated to the European immigrants who were a large part of the stone industry’s workforce.

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