A statue of former first lady Betty Ford is planned for Grand Rapids in 2018.
The Grand Rapids Press reports the statue is part of the Grand Rapids Community Legends project. Organizers on Wednesday are unveiling a sculpture of civil rights activist Helen Claytor that is the sixth in a series that's expected to grow to 25 statues.
The Community Legends project plans sculptures of boxing champion Stanley Ketchel in 2015; businesswoman Anna Sutherland Bissell in 2016; and businessman and politician Julius Houseman in 2017. The Betty Ford sculpture will be installed 100 years after her birth.
President Gerald Ford died in 2006, and Betty Ford died in 2011. They lived in Rancho Mirage, California, for decades. Their hometown was Grand Rapids.