Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Thanks to Ann Bartow for this story ("Capitol statues switched as subjects' fame fades") about the changing of the statutes in Congress. Each state gets two statutes, but over time the states like to change out the people they display. According to the story:
After Congress in 1864 created the National Statuary Hall, each state was invited to bring two statues there. The states responded by sending larger-than-life likenesses of their top citizens to be placed in the Capitol.
These marble or bronze monuments include likenesses of politicians, scientists, priests, educators, women's suffrage leaders, astronauts, Indian chiefs and inventors.
But over the years, fame has evaporated for some of them -- and states have asked to replace them with others who have made a more recent mark on history.
Talk about memory and forgetting!