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Rep. McKinney says "Stop, Wait, Hold It" to moving Suffragist Statue

MAY 1, 1997

House Concurrent Resolution postpones planned move to the Rotunda

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (GA, D) introduced her bill postponing the scheduled move of the Portrait Monument to the Capitol Rotunda.

While the Portrait Monument is scheduled to be moved within the next few weeks, Congresswoman McKinney said that her bill is a statement of principle. "They may whitewash history, and they may keep Sojourner Truth another invisible woman, but they won't keep me from doing what is right."

Congresswoman McKinney's bill postpones the relocation of the statute and the ceremony to commemorate and celebrate the statue's return to the Rotunda. Besides postponing the move, the bill expands the 11 member commission to 15 in order to better complete its intended purpose. The expanded commission would recommend a solution to the current controversy over adding Sojourner Truth to the 13-ton marble statue already featuring Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott or commissioning a separate monument that better celebrates all of our history.

The resolution has the support of the coalition of community organizations led by the National Black Women's Political Congress, and several Members of the House have already cosponsored it. The Georgia Congresswoman believes that more Members will join her as they learn of her legislation and they look at whether or not they want to be complicit in missing the opportunity to do the right thing.

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