A statue of Sam Houston planned for the Maryville Municipal Center will portray the American hero and former Blount County resident as a 20-year-old man.

Artist Wayne E. Hyde told The Daily Times that the sculpture will portray Houston at the age in which he enlisted in the U.S. Army in downtown Maryville.

"He will be portrayed as a young man in frontier dress with the Cherokee influence on his appearance. He was such a striking figure out of American and Tennessee history," Hyde said.

"He will be featured wearing a Cherokee hunting shirt and jacket, with his hair pulled back, wearing moccasins and leggings, which was very common dress at the time. He will be holding his long rifle," Hyde said

Maryville city manager Greg McClain said he "knows of no other statue of Houston's early time here."

Hyde said he hopes to have the 7-foot-tall bronze sculpture ready for display by March 2015.