Country music legend Willie Nelson is expected to help unveil an 8-foot statue of himself in Austin.
The privately funded monument near a new music hall shows a relaxed Nelson holding a guitar. It will be dedicated on April 20, or 4/20, which happens to be slang for smoking marijuana. Nelson is a well-known advocate of legalizing marijuana and has been arrested several times for possessing it.
Capital Area Statues Inc. raised money for the statue. This is the third large-scale statue from the group, which is made up of prominent Texas writers, producers and musicians.
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Lawrence Wright said the date was originally chosen because Nelson was scheduled to perform in Austin that night, but once the counterculture reference became clear, the group embraced it.