Statue honoring Bill Withers to be put up in Beckley

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) -The city of Beckley, in partnership with the Bill Withers Memorial Foundation, the Withers family, the local chamber of commerce, and the Beckley Area Foundation are raising funds to bronze a statue of the famous musician and West Virginia legend, Bill Withers.

Withers, who brought us classics like “Lean on Me’ and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” was born into a miner’s family in Slab Fork, and his family moved to Beckley when he was three years old.

The statue, sculpted by pastor Fredrick Hightower, will be roughly 9 feet tall and is currently modeled in clay.

So far, over $35,000 has been raised towards the $250,000 goal to have the statue bronzed.

The statue will be placed at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway, and the plaza will be named in his honor.

Anyone interested in contributing can donate to the Bill Withers Memorial Fund at the link listed below.



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