About the Project

What is the project?

Only 43 places in the United States can lay claim to being a presidential birthplace. To bring appropriate recognition to our city and demonstrate pride, a grassroots committee proposes to erect a statue in Historic Downtown Delaware at the southwest corner of William and Sandusky Streets.

Complete with a fountain, the statue will permanently pay tribute to our native son, welcome visitors to the community and serve as a focal point for the plaza. Additionally, a bust of President Hayes will adorn the atrium of Hayes High School.

Alan Cottrill, an Ohio artist, has been chosen as the sculptor of both the statue and the bust. His work includes five other U.S. presidents, Thomas Edison in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol, and Woody Hayes and Jesse Owens on the campus of The Ohio State University. Future plans include other recognition projects at Hayes High School, educational programming and a library of political memorabilia housed at Willis Educational Center.

Why?

There is embarrassingly little recognition of President Hayes' many years in the City of Delaware as only two small plaques at ground level mark the location of his birthplace and childhood homes. Various buildings carry his name such as Rutherford B. Hayes High School and the Hayes County Services Building. But, nothing else has been established to adequately commemorate Delaware as the birthplace and home of a U.S. president. It's time to bring Rutherford B. Hayes home again.

Campaign Goal

The campaign goal is to raise $125,000 by October 4, 2019.

The finished statue will be unveiled on the 197th birthday of Delaware's native son, President Rutherford B. Hayes - Friday, October 4, 2019.

President Hayes statue location on the southwest corner of William and Sandusky Streets.