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VICKSBURG, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Bloom Fountain, donated by Louis Bloom after his death in 1926, is missing its statue of Hebe, the Greek goddess of youth and cupbearer to the gods of Mount Olympus.

City landscape architect Jeff Richardson says that the statue was taken down to repair a busted water pipe.

The statue of the goddess has sat on top of Bloom Fountain for decades. It is located near the Municipal Rose Garden.

Richardson says water pipe connecting the statue to the fountain was damaged by cold weather, which is why she now sits in her new temporary home - the city welding shop, Richardson said.

The fountain was erected in 1927 and is named after Bloom, who left $6,500 in his will for the memorial.

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