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Part Of State Street In Augusta Closed This Morning

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The Augusta Police Department are urging drivers to avoid State Street today, a section of the street will be closed as workers install a new monument on the lawn in front of the Kennebec County Courthouse.State Street will be closed from Winthrop Street to Weston Street. The section of the road will be closed starting at 8 a.m. and should last until around noon. No traffic or parking will be allowed on the closed section.

The monument being installed is a life-sized bronze statue of Melville Weston Fuller, who was born in Augusta and became the eighth chief justice of the United States.

Fuller was born in Augusta in 1833 and graduated from Bowdoin College and attended Harvard Law School.

He established a practice in Augusta and started the newspaper, ‘The Augusta Age’.

President Glover Cleveland nominated Fuller to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1888 and served until his death in 1910.

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