ALBION (WWJ/AP) – A bronze sculpture of President Gerald Ford has been installed and dedicated at Albion College.

The piece is a one-third-size replica of the statue of Ford that was installed in the U.S. Capitol rotunda last spring.

Called a maquette, it’s to be permanently housed at the southern Michigan college’s Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.

Albion’s maquette was unveiled by Ford’s daughter, Susan Ford Bales, earlier this month at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.

Sculptor J. Brett Grill, who created the Capitol statue, was a special guest at Wednesday’s maquette dedication on the Albion campus.

Ford’s relationship with Albion dates to 1963 when the then-congressman became a member of the college’s Board of Trustees.

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