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Workers reinstall Wisconsin statues downed in 2020 protest

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Posted at 3:25 PM, Sep 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-21 16:25:35-04

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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