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Marshall Fredericks and Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly along with two other unidentified men poses with the "Henry Ford Memorial"

The idea to create a memorial honoring Henry Ford took root in 1948 when the Dearborn, Michigan Chamber of Commerce conducted a poll of Dearborn residents and learned that most of the populace favored such a proposal. The Dearborn Chamber of Commerce initiated a fundraising drive to finance a life-size full-length bronze of the auto magnate and…