ALTON – A part of Miles Davis returned home to Alton on Wednesday morning when the life-size statue was delivered and put in position.

The Miles Davis Memorial Project was a collaboration between The Miles Davis Jazz Committee of the Alton Museum of History and Art and Pride, Inc.

Pat Ackmann and Karen Wilson have chaired the Miles Davis Memorial Project fund-raising drive for the statue. Wilson said when the statue was put into place she shed a few tears.

The statue will be unveiled to the public at 6 p.m. Saturday, with speakers starting at 5:30 p.m. A party in Downtown Alton will follow the presentation, with part of the area blocked off to traffic. Sculptor Preston Jackson was also present Wednesday and will be here for the unveiling and post party.

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