Ida B. Wells statue in the works for Downtown Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An Ida B. Wells memorial is planned for Downtown Memphis.

Dr. LaSimba Gray Jr. confirmed the plan to FOX13.

Gray said in a statement:

"Memphis Memorial Committee, in partnership with the Neshoba Community Resource Center, are trying to get a statue for Ida B. Wells.

The plan is to raise $200,000 to $250,000 to purchase and install the statue. The funds will also create a memorial area surrounding the statue at the corner of Beale and Fourth, where the group is proposing to install it. The group is currently trying to raise $50,000 by middle Nov.

Any extra funds will go to the Ida B. Wells Foundation of Chicago.

The plan is to install the statue on Wells' birthday, July 16 with friends and family."

FOX13 will keep you updated as how the process plays out.