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Protester Unchains Himself From Mailbox

July 9, 1994

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ A man who chained himself to a friend’s mailbox to block an attempt by another neighbor to move it freed himself Friday after a 27-hour vigil.

Daniel Peace said he unchained himself after postal officials pledged to discuss the matter with superiors.

He had chained his arm and leg to the mailbox with a padlock Thursday to keep Kermit Akers from uprooting it.

The mailbox, which sports a wooden cow and meadow scene, has been standing on the same spot for more than 50 years.

It’s owned by Sue Bratton and sits across the street from her home, in front of a house owned by Akers.

Akers wanted to pave his gravel driveway and said the mailbox would partially block the entrance if it were not moved.

Ms. Bratton said she had a sentimental attachment to the mailbox.

″The mailbox has been here so long,″ she said.

Dayton officials had told Ms. Bratton it was within Akers’ rights to move the mailbox 50 feet one way or 30 feet the other.

To Peace, who had feared Akers might remove the mailbox in the wee hours of the morning, the mailbox dispute was a symbol of a larger battle.

″It’s just not right. People should stand up for themselves,″ he said.

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