Covington's Oakley Farris to Donate Bronze Sculpture to Linden Grove
Covington philanthropist Oakley Farris has commissioned a bronze statue in memory of his brother Cloftus, who was killed in action in the waning days of the Korean War. The bronze statue will be the centerpiece of a planned Veterans Memorial Plaza at Linden Grove Cemetery, as first reported by The River City News in September. The Cincinnati Enquirer profiles Oakley and his tribute to Cloftus online today:
The 7-foot statue memorializing Clofus Farris will sit on a 2½-foot base, with memorial paver bricks extending outward. The plaza also will feature benches and interpretive panels telling the stories of Northern Kentuckians who made the ultimate sacrifice. Supporters of Linden Grove Cemetery hope the gift will inspire others to donate memorials for other wars.
The statue of Clofus Farris was designed by Union sculptor Matt Langford. It’s among several statues Oakley and Eva Farris have commissioned honoring notables such as Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Carnegie and the War of 1812 general who the city of Covington was named for.
Besides the statues of famous figures, (former Covington Mayor Butch) Callery recalled how the Farrises “contributed some big bucks” and helped complete fundraising for an elaborate Korean War Memorial, complete with a fountain, at Rittes Corner in Latonia about six years ago.
Read the full story by Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Cindy Schroeder: Click Here
The Covington Memorial Day Parade begins Monday at 2 p.m. at Holmes High School and will move north on Madison Avenue before heading west across the Nineteenth Street Bridge and then north on Holman Avenue to Linden Grove Cemetery.
Take a photo tour of Linden Grove Cemetery: Click Here
Photo: Oakley Farris at meet & greet for Covington Schools' new superintendent/RCN file