After a Tragedy at Sea, a Wrecked Ship Becomes a Powerful Symbol in Italy

The relic of the deadliest shipwreck in the Mediterranean in living memory — in which some 1,000 migrants died — is being re-envisioned as a human rights monument.

#italy, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #ships-and-shipping

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World War I Memorial in Washington Raises First Flag After Years of Wrangling

As the United States withdraws from its longest war, a memorial that recognizes one of its most complicated ones officially opens in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

#commission-of-fine-arts, #howard-sabin, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #pershing-park-washington-dc, #sculpture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc, #world-war-i-1914-18

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After Threats to Turn It Into a Toilet, a Confederate Monument Is Recovered

A stone chair dedicated to Jefferson Davis has been returned to the United Daughters of the Confederacy after a group calling itself White Lies Matter claimed to have stolen it.

#cemeteries, #chairs, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #davis-jefferson-f, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #robberies-and-thefts, #united-daughters-of-the-confederacy

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Charlottesville Can Remove Confederate Statues, High Court Rules

Monuments to the Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are not protected by state law and can come down, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

#charlottesville-va, #charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #decisions-and-verdicts, #jackson-stonewall, #lee-robert-e, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #supreme-courts-state, #virginia

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A Painful Project for France: A Museum on the Ravages of Terrorism

After a decade of traumatic attacks that killed nearly 300 people and wounded almost 1,000, the project aims to build a memorial to help heal the country’s wounds.

#france, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #terrorism

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South Dakota Wildfires Prompt Mount Rushmore to Close

Gov. Kristi Noem said the monument was not under threat but that gusting winds could cause conditions to change quickly.

#fires-and-firefighters, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mount-rushmore-national-memorial-sd, #noem-kristi, #rapid-city-sd, #south-dakota, #wildfires, #wind

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The Officers Danced at a Black Lives Matter Rally. Then They Stormed the Capitol.

What appeared to be racial progress in rural Virginia turned into bitter conflict over a Confederate statue, the election and the Capitol riot. Now, people there foresee “a very dangerous time.”

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #craighead-bridgette, #fracker-jacob, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #robertson-thomas, #rocky-mount-va, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

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He Honors Black New Yorkers. Not All Black Activists Are Thrilled.

Jacob Morris is the one-man force behind renaming nearly 40 streets in New York City.

#black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lewis-david-levering, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-geographical, #new-york-city

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After the Riot, What’s the Future of Art in the Capitol?

Built largely by enslaved people, the building includes just one small object honoring their work.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #restoration-and-renovation, #slavery-historical, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Capitol Riot Costs Will Exceed $30 Million, Official Tells Congress

The architect of the Capitol and other officials told lawmakers that the physical and psychological toll of the Jan. 6 riot — including damaged artifacts and staff trauma — will be extensive.

#architecture, #art, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #house-committee-on-appropriations, #mental-health-and-disorders, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Over 160 Confederate Symbols Were Removed in 2020, Group Says

The Southern Poverty Law Center said more “symbols of hate” were removed from public property last year after the death of George Floyd than in the previous four years combined.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #military-bases-and-installations, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-organizational, #race-and-ethnicity, #sons-of-confederate-veterans, #southern-poverty-law-center, #states-us, #symbols, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Giving Hope, and a Place to Mourn: Memorials to the Pandemic

How should we memorialize those who’ve died from Covid-19? In Italy and Britain, artists and architects are beginning to come up with answers.

#codogno-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deller-jeremy, #funerals-and-memorials, #great-britain, #italy, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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How Plagues Shape the Landscape

From cholera to AIDS, epidemics have given rise to landmarks around the world, be they sculptures, churches or feats of engineering. In this dire moment, their histories resonate.

#cemeteries, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #plague, #travel-and-vacations

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Portland Welcomes Monument (Origin Unknown) to Black Man Who Reached Pacific in 1805

City officials say they have no idea who raised a monument to York, the enslaved Black man who traveled with Lewis and Clark, in the park where a statue of a conservative Oregonian had stood.

#black-people, #clark-william-1770-1838, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #exploration-and-explorers, #lewis-meriwether, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mount-tabor-portland-ore, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #portland-ore, #slavery-historical, #york-1770-1832

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Native Americans ‘Left Out in the Cold’ Under Trump Press Biden for Action

After showing political clout in the 2020 election, tribal communities are hoping for more attention and money to address their long-running problems with poverty, health care and other issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #indian-health-service, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #pipelines, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Dolly Parton Statue Has Tennessee’s Support, but Not Parton’s

The state legislature was considering a bill that would kick off plans to erect the statue on Capitol grounds. She has asked that the bill be pulled.

#country-music, #law-and-legislation, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #parton-dolly, #ryman-auditorium-nashville-tenn, #tennessee, #windle-john-mark

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Chicago Lists Lincoln Statues Among Monuments to Review

A city commission, created after protests against racism last year, identified five statues of Abraham Lincoln among 41 monuments that should receive public scrutiny.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity

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Why Are There So Few Monuments That Successfully Depict Women?

There’s still very little thought paid to how women are represented — as bodies and as selves.

#black-people, #brooks-gwendolyn, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #wollstonecraft-mary, #women-and-girls

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Give Dolly Parton a Statue Already

The Tennessee General Assembly’s vote to do so should be unanimous.

#monuments-and-memorials-structures, #nashville-tenn, #parton-dolly, #politics-and-government

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Was Stonehenge a ‘Secondhand’ Monument?

The Neolithic site appears to have begun as a monument in Wales that was dismantled and carried 175 miles east as part of a larger migration, a new study suggests.

#antiquity-journal, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #england, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #salisbury-england, #stonehenge-england, #wales, #your-feed-science

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The Sinking of a Bust Surfaces a Debate Over Denmark’s Past

An artists’ group, criticized as vandals for dumping the bust of an 18th-century king, Frederik V, into Copenhagen Harbor, says it wanted to draw attention to Denmark’s role in slave trading.

#art, #colleges-and-universities, #colonization, #denmark, #dirckinck-holmfeld-katrine, #frederik-v-1723-66, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #royal-danish-academy-of-fine-arts-copenhagen-denmark, #slavery-historical, #vandalism

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A Monument Honoring Brooklyn Abolitionists Stalls Under Scrutiny

Activists say a proposed project is too abstract for a time when Black New Yorkers are eager to see figures that look like them among the city’s statues.

#black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lee-shawne, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rasheed-kameelah-janan, #she-built-nyc, #slavery-historical, #underground-railroad-19th-century, #willoughby-square-park-brooklyn-ny, #women-and-girls

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In the Bronx, a Face Lost in Time

A much-vandalized bronze statue of “Fame” in Joyce Kilmer Park is to be returned this year with a new head, arms and feet — even without any record of what the statue’s original face looked like.

#bronx-nyc, #heintz-louis-j-1861-93, #joyce-kilmer-park-bronx-ny, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #saunders-john-artist, #sculpture, #vandalism

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By the People, for the People, but Not Necessarily Open to the People

“It breaks my heart”: Increased security in the capital over the years has made public spaces less public, and the storming of the Capitol means that will probably continue.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #public-property, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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Curators Scour Capitol for Damage to the Building or Its Art

Initial reports indicate that despite multiple incidents of vandalism, smashed windows and broken doors, major damage to the building itself or its artworks was avoided.

#art, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #looting-crime, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #murals, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism, #washington-dc

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Virginia Judge Won’t Try Black Man in Courtroom Lined With White Portraits

David Bernhard, a circuit court judge, wrote in his decision that the display of portraits of white judges “is based on a non-racial principle, yet yields a racial result.”

#black-people, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #david-bernhard, #decisions-and-verdicts, #discrimination, #fairfax-va, #fairfax-circuit-court, #judge-portraits, #monuments-and-memorials-structures

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Boston Removes Statue of Formerly Enslaved Man Kneeling Before Lincoln

Officials voted unanimously to remove “Emancipation Group” in June, after a widespread petition and hours of debate.

#art, #art-commission, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #emancipation-proclamation-1863, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #jefferson-thomas, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #richmond-va, #slavery-historical

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A New Theory About the Monolith: We’re the Aliens

A mysterious metal pillar in a desert would be interesting in any year. But something about 2020 has made one a global phenomenon.

#deserts, #extraterrestrial-life, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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For a Civil Rights Hero, 90, a New Battle Unfolds on His Childhood Street

Before he defended Rosa Parks and became a leading legal force, Fred Gray grew up on an avenue named for Jefferson Davis in Montgomery, Ala. Now a push is underway for a new name for the street: Mr. Gray’s.

#alabama, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #confederate-states-of-america, #fines-penalties, #gray-fred-d, #montgomery-ala, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-geographical, #reed-steven-l, #whites

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Robert E. Lee Statue Is Removed From U.S. Capitol

The statue of the Confederate general will be replaced with one of the civil rights leader Barbara Johns, who led a school walkout in Virginia in 1951.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #johns-barbara-1935-91, #lee-robert-e, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Europe’s Deadly Second Wave

Summer vacations led to fall lockdowns. How did the world’s richest club of nations let it happen again?

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #europe, #funerals-and-memorials, #jersey-city-nj, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-jersey, #skyway-park-jersey-city-nj, #vaccination-and-immunization

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German Phallus Statue Vanishes From Mountain, Then Reappears (Sort of)

The authorities are stumped by what happened to the wooden phallus, a popular Instagram stop for hikers. Along with all the monoliths, it has been quite a month for mysterious public art.

#bavaria-germany, #kubrick-stanley, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #romania, #social-media, #utah, #wood-and-wood-products

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Park With Covid Memorial Is Rising on Site of Former Toxic Dump

Hundreds of trees will be planted in a grove at the new Skyway Park — one for every resident of Jersey City who has died of the virus.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #fulop-steven-m, #gardens-and-gardening, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #jersey-city-nj, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-jersey, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pjp-landfill-jersey-city-nj, #riverkeeper, #rivers, #skyway-park-jersey-city-nj, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wetlands

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When Does an Enemy’s Cultural Heritage Become One’s Own?

The cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh may offer new hope for the preservation of threatened monuments everywhere.

#abkhazia-georgian-republic, #afghanistan, #aliyev-ilham-h, #anatolia, #armenia, #armenians, #azerbaijan, #baku-azerbaijan, #bokova-irina, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #china, #churches-buildings, #cyprus, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-union, #hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #idlib-syria, #international-criminal-court, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #istanbul-turkey, #mali, #modi-narendra, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mosques, #nagorno-karabakh, #palmyra-ny, #pantheon-rome, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-catholic-church, #timbuktu-mali, #trump-donald-j, #turkey, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-heritage-sites, #xinjiang-china, #yazidi-religious-sect

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Chinese Statue to Goddess of Beauty Sparks Debate

As China fights to end extreme poverty while also recovering from the economic damage of the coronavirus, the supposed wisdom of building huge statues in poorer areas to grow tourism is coming under harsh scrutiny.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #local-government, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #poverty

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Is Margaret Thatcher’s Hometown Ready to Put Her on a Pedestal?

The first woman to be prime minister of Britain is seen as a political colossus abroad, but her 11 years in power have a complicated legacy at home.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #grantham-england, #great-britain, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #thatcher-margaret-h, #vandalism

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Abolitionist Is Earliest Black Londoner Honored With Blue Plaque

Ottobah Cugoano, who became a writer and campaigner after surviving slavery in the West Indies, has been honored by a heritage program that long focused on white men.

#black-people, #english-heritage, #great-britain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #london-england, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical

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In Brooklyn, Grand Army Plaza Gets an Intervention

The Memorial Arch, a granite monument to soldiers and sailors in the plaza, is about to get desperately needed restoration work.

#brooklyn-nyc, #grand-army-plaza-brooklyn-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Police Chief Who Backed Charges Against Lawmaker in Confederate Statue Case Is Fired

Angela Greene was fired in Portsmouth, Va., on the same day that prosecutors dropped charges against a state senator and others for damaging a Confederate monument in the city.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #confederate-states-of-america, #crime-and-criminals, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #greene-angela, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #portsmouth-va

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A Naked Statue for a Feminist Hero?

Newspaper columnists and social media users are furious about a new statue dedicated to Mary Wollstonecraft in London. But they’re missing the point.

#hambling-maggi, #london-england, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #sculpture, #wollstonecraft-mary, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #writing-and-writers

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San Francisco Reinstates Winning Design for Maya Angelou Monument

Last year, officials selected and then rejected Lava Thomas to design the sculpture, opening a rift between public leaders and local artists.

#angelou-maya, #art, #black-people, #breed-london, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-arts-commission, #stefani-catherine, #thomas-lava

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The Sovereigns of Thailand and the Skies

Protesters are challenging the monarchy’s legitimacy by co-opting its celestial symbols.

#astrology, #bangkok-thailand, #buddhism, #constitutions, #crown-property-bureau-thailand, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #prayuth-chan-ocha, #royal-families, #thailand, #vajiralongkorn-1952

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N.E.H. Funds Restoration of Statues Toppled During Protests

Statues of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore and a Union Army colonel in Madison, Wis., will be repaired.

#baltimore-md, #black-lives-matter-movement, #columbus-christopher, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #douglass-frederick, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hall-of-fame-for-great-americans-bronx-ny, #madison-wis, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-endowment-for-the-humanities, #peede-jon-parrish, #rochester-ny, #trump-donald-j

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Virginia Governor Can Remove Robert E. Lee Statue, but Not Yet, Judge Rules

The judge affirmed an order by Gov. Ralph Northam but allowed the monument to remain while local residents appeal the decision.

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #decisions-and-verdicts, #lee-robert-e, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #northam-ralph-s, #richmond-va

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Richmond’s Robert E. Lee Statue Can Come Down, but Not Yet, Judge Rules

The judge affirmed an order by Gov. Ralph Northam but allowed the monument to remain while local residents appeal the decision.

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #decisions-and-verdicts, #lee-robert-e, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #northam-ralph-s, #richmond-va

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Turning 100, a Former Spanish Soldier Laments the Curse of His Birth Year

Andreu Canet is one of the last survivors of the “baby bottle conscription.” Born in 1920, they were drafted as teenagers in an ill-fated bid to stop Franco from winning Spain’s civil war.

#canet-andreu-1920, #content-type-personal-profile, #defense-and-military-forces, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #spain, #spanish-civil-war-1936-39

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Placing Women on a Different Sort of Pedestal

Public monuments, and the artists who create them, are beginning to represent women and their achievements.

#art, #bergmann-meredith-artist, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #kentucky, #matthews-amanda-1968, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #sculpture, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Using a Law It Hates, Far Right in Spain Takes Aim at Franco’s Rivals

Vox, an ultranationalist party in Madrid, is working to remove memorials to Socialist figures of the 1930s, calling the effort a warning that a “law of historical memory” should be abolished.

#franco-francisco, #largo-caballero-francisco, #madrid-spain, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #sanchez-perez-castejon-pedro-1972, #spain, #spanish-civil-war-1936-39, #vox-spanish-political-party

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Native Daughter of Brooklyn, to Get a Statue in Her Hometown

The memorial, announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, is one of several efforts to honor Justice Ginsburg in Brooklyn, where she grew up.

#adams-eric-l, #brooklyn-nyc, #cuomo-andrew-m, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #supreme-court-us, #women-and-girls

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Cuomo Unveils Statue of Mother Cabrini

A year after a dispute between New York City and the state, a memorial to the patron saint of immigrants is dedicated in Manhattan.

#columbus-day, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #giancarlo-biagi, #immigration-and-emigration, #italian-americans, #jill-biagi, #mccray-chirlane, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #sculpture

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