States Shelving Us Capitol Statues For New Models

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Milan, Ohio (AP) -- The U.S. Capitol houses statues of famous Americans from all 50 states, and Ohio is the latest to make sure it is well represented.

Nine years ago, congress changed a law that had prevented states from trading their statues for newer models they believe best represent their history.

Since then, Kansas and California have substituted lesser-known natives for former Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.

Missouri is making a push for former President Harry Truman, and Michigan is looking at trading up to former President Gerald Ford.

A group of Ohio lawmakers now is scouting the state to for a famous Ohioan to replace a former governor who portrayed blacks as savages.

Among the Ohio natives being considered are inventor Thomas Edison, olympian Jesse Owens and flight pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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