Taping of 'Midday Live' - November 1, 1977

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After years of trying to honor comedian/actor Richard Pryor with a statue in Peoria is coming to focus and prompting some residents of his hometown to re-visit the comic and his legacy. Sculptor Preston Jackson will unveil the 9 foot statue Sunday the city’s Warehouse District at the corner of Washington and State Streets. Jackson has dedicated himself for nearly nine years to get the statue in Peoria, the city where the comedian and actor was born. Pryor died in 2005. Jackson faced challenges with coming up with money. He also had to deal with hesitancy from some people in Peoria who objected to honoring Pryor who abused drugs was known for foul- mouthed jokes.

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