New memorial honoring past Arizona governor unveiled

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- Just in time for Arizona Statehood Day, a new memorial honoring former Gov. Ernest McFarland has been unveiled in Phoenix.

Suzanne Jameson, a spokeswoman for the project, said the new memorial to McFarland was officially dedicated Saturday afternoon at Wesley Bolin Plaza.

McFarland's grandson, John D. Lewis, told the Arizona Capitol Times the memorial replaces one that was dedicated in 1998 but has since fallen into disrepair.

Lewis and McFarland's other grandchildren led a fundraising effort to get the new memorial made.

McFarland was a senator between 1941 and 1953 until Barry Goldwater unseated him. The Democrat then became governor and served from 1955 to 1959. He went on to become chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.

McFarland founded KTVK in 1955.

He died in 1984 at the age of 89.

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Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com