The Chief Tecumseh statue from Tecumseh Compass Learning Center will undergo restoration and reinstallation as a collaborative effort between Tecumseh Public Schools, a Tecumseh High School freshman and a local business owner.
The beloved tribute to Chief Tecumseh was dedicated in 2012 after being carved from a tree near the main entrance of Compass Learning Center. Since that time, the wooden base experienced significant decay, causing the upper portion of the statue to collapse in early July.
Shawn Peacock, THS freshman will complete maintenance and restoration on the statue to earn his Eagle Ranking with the Boy Scouts of America. He will work with Brad Cole, of Cole & Co. LLC who will design and craft a new base for the statue. When complete, the statue will reside in a new location closer to the building where it will be better protected from the elements. The remaining base from its previous location will be removed and the area converted to sidewalk. This removal is expected to take place the week of July 23.
The restoration effort is expected to take place in mid-August, with the statue returned to Compass Learning Center before school begins.
For more about the dedication of the Chief Tecumseh statue, see this story from the Tecumseh Herald from Nov. 5, 2012.