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Elmer Petersen Talks About His Art

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The George Coleman Poage sculpture is now in place at Poage Park in La Crosse.  Poage came to La Crosse when he was just four years old.  He was a true scholar athlete - the salutatorian of his high school class in 1899.

He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin where he also excelled at track.  In fact, Poage became the first black American to win an Olympic medal.  In 1904, he won two bronze medals for the 200 and 400 meter hurdles.

Now, you'll find a sculpture in Poage Park reflecting his skill as an athlete.  The city chose Elmer Petersen to design and create that work, another piece in a long line of significant works from a significant artist.  

You can watch the story from reporter Dave Solie, the video from Caroline Hecker and Ginna Roe.

MORE: Sculpture In Metal, Elmer Petersen's Website

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