One of the first things visitors see as they enter Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo from Delaware Avenue is an eleven-foot tall statue of Red Jacket. That statue is now about to get a much-needed facelift. New York State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo) announced on Sunday that the statue will be restored with the help of a $25,000 grant. The statue was built in 1891 to honor Red Jacket, a leader of the Seneca Nation who fought for the United States during the War of 1812. The renovations come on the eve of next year's bicentennial celebrations of that war.
"This statue from the time it was erected has never been cleaned," says Hoyt, "So when restored, people will see it has it originally looked for the first time in 120 years."
The renovations are scheduled to begin in mid-September and will take roughly three weeks to complete.