By Mark Weber
FORT WAYNE — The “Christ of Lewis Street” statue that once stood atop the Fort Wayne’s Central Catholic High School building with arms outspread in a permanent and protective gesture now stands as part of Central Catholic Memorial Place at the corner of Lewis and Clinton streets, where the school stood. A path of memorial bricks leads from the corner where shrubs, trees and memorial benches will be placed all focused on the statue of Jesus and bronze plaques touching on “CC” history, which stretched from 1938 to 1972, graduating 9,998 students. When Central Catholic closed it gave way to two new high schools — Bishop Dwenger and Bishop Luers — in north and south locations in Fort Wayne.
The cost of the project is approximately $90,000, some of which has been covered by the sale of 360 engraved bricks at $50 each and benches at $1,000 and trees at $300.
It is hoped that 2,000 bricks will be sold.
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