By MyFM's Rick Michaels - The town of Franklin will honor the father of public education in America with the unveiling of a statue bearing his likeness this weekend. Horace Mann was born in Franklin on May 4th, 1796. He was self-educated in the town using books supplied by Benjamin Franklin, books that formed the nucleus of the nation’s first public library. Mann traveled among the people urging them to make their schools better. Year after year he carried on this mission. State Representative Jeffrey Roy of Franklin, a member of statue committee, says the unveiling of the statue in his birthplace is a tribute to his work and contribution to public education. The statue will be unveiled during a ceremony at Horace Mann Square, formerly the site of the town’s Municipal offices, in downtown Franklin this Sunday morning at 11am.
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