Groundbreaking slated for Ohio Holocaust memorial
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 07:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Construction of a privately funded Holocaust memorial on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse is moving forward.

Gov. John Kasich was scheduled to break ground Wednesday on the new monument he championed. Kasich will be joined by the monument's designer, New York artist Daniel Libeskind, the son of Holocaust survivors.

The $1.8 million project was approved amid some debate in July by the panel that oversees and maintains the Statehouse.

Richard Finan, then-chair of the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board, called the project "inappropriate" for public property and worried it could ensnare Ohio in a separation-of-church-and-state dispute. A religious freedom group has raised concerns.

The Ohio project is believed to be among the first Holocaust memorials planned for the grounds of a U.S. statehouse.

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