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Evers seeks federal grant for Capitol statue of Black leader

Posted at 5:27 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 06:27:59-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is requesting $150,000 in federal grant money to pay for a new statue on the Capitol grounds of the state’s first Black secretary of state and to restore two statues that were torn down by protesters in June.

Two-thirds of the grant requested Thursday would be used for a new statue of Vel Phillips, who would be the first person of color honored with a statue at the Capitol.

The remaining $50,000 would be used to restore the statue of Civil War hero and abolitionist Col. Hans Christian Heg and the “Forward” statue.
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