(CBS) — Roger Ebert’s hometown is raising money for a statue in his honor.

He was Champaign-Urbana’s native son. Now, late film critic Roger Ebert’s hometown wants to give back.

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“We announced a fundraising campaign to commission and install a sculpture of Roger Ebert outside the Virginia Theater,” said fundraising organizer Scott Anderson.

He says they want to build a life-size bronze sculpture in time for next year’s Ebertfest.

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“The sculpture will consist of three theater seats with Roger seated in the middle one displaying his signature thumbs up gesture,” said Anderson.

He hopes to raise $125,000 for the sculpture. The Virginia Theater hosts Ebertfest each year. The Pulitzer-Prize winning film critic died in April after a long battle with cancer.

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