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Dec 15 Statue of Freedom

SI Receives Plaster Version of the "Statue of Freedom"

 

SI Receives Plaster Version of the "Statue of Freedom"

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Year: 
1890
Month: 
december
Day: 
15
Date: 
Mon, 1890-12-15
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The Statue of Freedom, the plaster figure used to cast the statue atop of the U.S. Capitol, is given to the Smithsonian Institution and placed in the Rotunda of the U.S. National Museum, known now as the Arts and Industries Building. The statue, designed by sculptor Thomas Crawford in Rome, first came to Washington, D.C., in 1858, and was placed in the old hall of the House of Representatives, then in the basement of the Capitol. The statue is moved from the Rotunda in 1967.