Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Workers reinstall Wisconsin statues downed in 2020 protest

From TMJ4:

Photo by: Todd Richmond/AP
Workers reinstall a statue of Wisconsin abolitionist Col. Hans Christian Heg outside the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Protesters tore the 9-foot-6-inch statue down and ripped its head off in June 2020 during a demonstration over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)

Posted at 3:25 PM, Sep 21, 2021
and last updated 3:25 PM, Sep 21, 2021

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Workers have reinstalled two statues on the Wisconsin Capitol grounds that protesters damaged during a demonstration last year following George Floyd's death.

Protesters in June broke off a leg and tore the head off a statue of abolitionist Hans Christian Heg. They also dented and broke a finger off the “Forward” statue.

The state received $60,000 in federal grants to cover restoration efforts. Workers from the state Department of Administration reinstalled both statues Tuesday morning. They used a boom crane to lower Heg back onto his pedestal.

The protest was among demonstrations around the U.S. after Floyd's death while in Minneapolis police custody.


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