MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds gathered in Montgomery as officials dedicated a park to Orville and Wilbur Wright, who built the first successful airplane and opened America's first civilian flying school in the city.
Officials unveiled a 7,000-pound replica of the first Wright Brothers plane at the newly-renovated Wright Brothers Park Tuesday.
The Wrights opened a flying school in Montgomery in 1910, which became Maxwell Field in 1922. Maxwell Air Force Base is now located on the site of the original flying school.
Mayor Todd Strange says the park is the heart and soul of the city and renovating the space was a labor of love.
The Wrights' grandniece, Amanda Wright Lane, was on hand for the dedication ceremony and said honoring the Wright brothers is honoring a technological advancement that changed the world.
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