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Ask The Times: What happened to the presidential statues at The Arts Council?
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Jack Frost's 21 statues of U.S. presidents can now be found in Memorial Park Cemetery’s Garden of Heritage.

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What happened to Jack Frost’s presidential statues?

Once located at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center in downtown Gainesville, the 21 statues of U.S. presidents can now be found in Memorial Park Cemetery’s Garden of Heritage. 

Jack Frost, owner of Memorial Park Funeral Home, commissioned the marble statues and made the decision to place them in the newly developed Garden of Heritage.

People can find the garden north of the cemetery’s pond.

Kevin Wetzel, president of Memorial Park Funeral Home, said five more statues of presidents will soon arrive in the garden, including President Donald Trump. 

“It’s going to be a garden for family in the area to reflect on the past, as well as the future and present with President Donald Trump,” he said. 

In three weeks Wetzel said the garden should have the five new statues and finalized positioning of the original statues. He said the garden will most likely accumulate more marble presidents over time.

Some of the presidents that are currently on display include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. 

Each marble memorial contains a well-known quote from its president below the statue. 

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