Collecting stories of Akron’s past to help build its future.

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Rubber Worker Sculpture & Stories Project

In 2016, Joel Neilson wrote a letter to Bob Dyer and the Akron Beacon Journal calling for a statue to recognize Akron’s Rubber Era. That inspired Miriam & Carter Ray to commission Alan Cottrill to create an 18-inch prototype of the statue in 2017. The City of Akron is going to install a larger-than-life version of this statue at the roundabout on S. Main & Mill Street in downtown Akron, in 2020.

We are collecting Rubber Worker Stories and selling commemorative bricks to honor this heritage with an audio/visual archive and interactive kiosk that will be installed at the northeast corner of the statue.

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Raise $50,000 for the Rubber Worker Stories kiosk, sharing stories of Akron’s past for the next history-making generation.

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“These are the people who built this town, and we are going to give them a proper send-off.”

John S. Knight & Ben Maidenberg


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Order a Program

Do you prefer print? Receive a copy of our Rubber Worker Statue & Stories program.

Share a Story

We want to hear from you! Share your Akron story or schedule an interview.

Make a Donation

This is a non-profit (501c3) endeavor. Buy a brick a contribute to the cause!