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Web letter: Gen. Wayne statue would distract from original intent for Green

In regard to the Perspective piece, “Keep Anthony Wayne where he’s star of show” (Dec. 30), I wish to state that I am opposed to moving the Gen. Wayne statue to the Courthouse Green.

The Green was created as an open space from which to view the Courthouse. The placement of the statue on the Green would detract from an open view of the Courthouse. It would interfere with the original plan of the Green and would create a cluttered appearance.

I am a member of the board of directors of the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust. Through donations and the assistance of the county commissioners, we were not only able to save the Courthouse murals but to restore the entire Courthouse. Mayor Tom Henry even arranged to get new lighting for the outside of the Courthouse.

As a part of the restoration, we were fortunate to find that Dick Waterfield had acquired title to all the land that now comprises the Green. The trust, through generous additional donations, was able to purchase the land from Waterfield, tear down the buildings and create the Courthouse Green.

We had a specific intent in the design of the Green and shared that with the people and institutions who donated. Because of the high regard the trust directors had for the Fort Wayne Parks Department, title to the Green was transferred from the trust to the Park Department. The trust pays the department to keep the park in its present condition.

We have succeed to date in preventing memorials, statues and even military equipment from being place on the Green by many well meaning people. All of these items would detract from the beauty and plan of the Green. I hope that those persons trying to move the Anthony Wayne statue to the Green will reconsider.

DONALD D. DOXSEE Fort Wayne

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