Washburn Celebrates 150th with "Ichabods Around Town"
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The first in a series of 23 5-foot-tall fiberglass statues of Washburn University's Mr. Ichabod makes an appearance outside a Topeka bank to help mark the school's 150th anniversary. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the first statue was unveiled Monday, with eight more to be installed by the end of the week outside local businesses. Fourteen more will be on display by the end of April 2016. The statues have been dubbed "Ichabods Around Town." University President Jerry Farley says the project shows the school's desire to be woven into the fabric of the Topeka community. Each statue will remain in place for a year and requires a $5,000 sponsorship to help cover the cost of making, decorating, setting and maintaining them. Each will be decorated by a local artist.