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A statue honoring one of High Point’s most acclaimed citizens has a permanent home in downtown High Point. The statue honors jazz musician John Coltrane. Known internationally for his unique genre and style, Coltrane was raised on Underhill Street in High Point and attended William Penn High School. In order to properly recognize such a significant citizen of High Point, the Downtown Improvement Committee, with assistance from the High Point Museum, began working on the John Coltrane Statue project in 2004. A committee of interested citizens, including Joanna Easter, Councilwoman Bernita Sims, then President of the High Point Museum Barbara Taylor, Lisa Shankle, Aaron Clinard, Commissioner Bruce Davis and Karen Odom met on a regular basis to promote this concept and raise funds to ensure the installation of the statue. Thomas Jay Warren, once a resident of the North Carolina mountains and now of Oregon, was commissioned to sculpt the eight foot tall bronze likeness of Coltrane. The statue is located in the northeast corner of City Hall property at the intersection of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street. The statue has received rave reviews from all who see it.
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