NEH Funds Restoration of Toppled Statues

(November 2, 2020)


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The National Endowment for the Humanities is setting aside $90,000 to repair three statues that were damaged during the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer. The statues include a monument to Christopher Columbus in Baltimore, which was thrown into the city’s harbor on July 4; a statue of the abolitionist and Union Army colonel Hans Christian Heg in Madison, Wisconsin; and a replica of a 19th-century statue depicting a woman standing at the prow of a boat, also in Madison. The agency says it has allocated the funds in response to an executive order from Donald Trump that condemned the destruction of historical monuments. No Confederate monuments were included in the NEH funding package.

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