Mary Draper Ingles statue unveiled in Radford

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) There is now a permanent place for one of Radford's most celebrated women.

Friday the city unveiled a statue in honor of Mary Draper Ingles. She was born in the 1700's and settled in present day Blacksburg.

Ingles was later captured by Native Americans. She escaped and walked back through Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia to her home.

"No food, no shelter, no all the modern luxuries that we enjoy today, so just the fact that she was able to get back to her family just speaks volumes to her strength," said Deb Cooney, the Radford Tourism Director.

The Radford Heritage Foundation raised 75 thousand dollars for the statue on land donated by Norfolk Southern.

The celebration continues through Sunday in Radford and Pulaski County.