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Beautiful Day for a Neighbor: Mister Rogers has a sculpture

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Posted at 2:47 PM, Oct 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-30 17:47:39-04

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A little rain didn’t stop it from being a beautiful day at Rollins College in Florida this week as a bronze sculpture to beloved children’s TV host Mister Rogers was unveiled.

School officials held up umbrellas during Thursday’s ceremony as they pulled back a drape on the work entitled “A Beautiful Day for a Neighbor.”

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In this undated photo provided by Rollins College, British artist Paul Day, known for his public monuments, works on a sculpture of Fred McFeely Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers, in a foundry in the Czech Republic. (Tomas Hruza/Rollins College via AP)

Years before the world came to know him as Mister Rogers, Rollins College says Fred McFeely Rogers graduated from the central Florida school in 1951.

Now he's best known for writing and appearing in 912 episodes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood."

The sculpture shows Rogers in his iconic sweater and tennis shoes, surrounded by children.