New leads surface in stolen statue case - WSMV Channel 4

New leads surface in stolen statue case

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Police said Friday the bronze statue of a famous Nashville publisher stolen in December has already been recycled, but they are working to find the person responsible.

Investigators said the statue of R.H. Boyd was sold to a metals facility in Kentucky about a week after it was taken.

Police said the 400-pound statue has already been cut up and recycled.

The man who sold the statue had to present identification, so police are working to locate him.

Before it was taken, the statue of R.H. Boyd stood in front of the R.H. Boyd Publishing Company facility on Centennial Boulevard in west Nashville. 

Police said it was stolen sometime between 9:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 a.m. Dec. 6.

The 6'3" statue had been bolted onto a platform in front of the publishing company since 1974, and detectives suspect it may have been targeted to sell for scrap.

Boyd, a former slave, founded the National Baptist Publishing Board in the early 1900s with the goal to establish Sunday school material for African-Americans across the South.

Now, his legacy can be found in thousands of churches and bookstores around the world. R.H. Boyd Publishing Corp. prints more than 9 million booklets each year to some 40,000 churches and bookstores around the world.

In 2009, R.H. Boyd was posthumously inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame for his role in preserving the writings and music of former slaves and their descendants.

Anyone with information about the statue's whereabouts or the thieves involved in its disappearance is asked to call police at 862-7385 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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