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A seven foot bronze statue of Amelia Earhart was placed in the U.S. C a p i t o l ’ s N a t i o n a l Statuary Hall on July 27. It is only the 11th woman in Statuary Hall. The statue was paid for by the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation, which will eventually open a museum dedicated to Earhart in her hometown of Atchison, Kansas. Each state can choose two noteworthy people to be enshrined in Statuary Hall. In 1999, the Kansas legislature voted to replace their earlier designees by statues with statues of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Amelia Earhart. Funds were easily raised for Eisenhower, whose statue was erected in 2003, but it has taken twenty years for Earhart’s statue to appear in . . .

Amelia Earhart in the Capitol

by Lynne Belluscio

 

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