Statue of Nashville businessman, minister stolen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Someone has stolen a life-size statue of a Nashville minister who was influential in black affairs. A police spokesman said whoever took the 6-foot-3 likeness of R.H. Boyd from in front of the publishing company that bears his name probably did it for profit, not as a prank.

The Tennessean reported the bronze statue was bolted down outside the R.H. Boyd Publishing Corp. on Centennial Blvd. and was stolen sometime Dec. 5 or Dec. 6.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said the statue weighs several hundred pounds and could be scrapped for hundreds of dollars.

Boyd came to Nashville in 1896 to start a religious publishing company. He also was a founder of the One-Cent Savings Bank, now Citizens Bank, and helped begin a black newspaper, the Nashville Globe.


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