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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The State Capitol is celebrating the birthdays of George Washington and the Italian artist who recreated a statue of the country’s first president with an exhibit and other events.

Romano Vio is the sculptor born Feb. 11, 1913, who recreated the Washington statue after the original was destroyed in a fire at the State House in June 1831. Washington was born Feb. 22, 1732. Vio’s statue of Washington stands in the Capitol rotunda.

On Friday, the Capitol will unveil an exhibit titled “Via Vio: The Rebirth of Canova’s Washington.” Antonia Canova created the Washington statue destroyed in the fire.

The Capitol also will co-host a ceremony marking Vio’s centennial with Palazzo Ferro-Fini, the seat of the Veneto Regional Council in Italy. The ceremonies will connect online via Skype.

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