The statue must be cast in bronze before being formally dedicated during Louisiana's Bicentennial Celebration June 30th to July 4th.

Louisiana residents got their first look over the weekend at a tribute to a local hero.

A clay sculpture of John Brooks Henderson was unveiled during a masquerade ball Saturday hosted by Mayor Bart Niedner and his wife, Michelle.

Henderson was a Missouri U.S. Senator from Louisiana who drafted and introduced the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery. He also campaigned for women’s voting rights and better treatment of Native Americans while trying to stop government corruption.

The statue must be cast in bronze before being formally dedicated during Louisiana’s Bicentennial Celebration June 30 to July 4. It was designed by local artist John Stoeckley and will be placed in a bluff-top park overlooking the Champ Clark Bridge.

Those attending the ball also had a chance to donate to construction of a performing arts center at Louisiana High School.