Daisy Bates Statue Project Design Approved by Capitol Building Architect in Washington, DC


The National Capitol Architect has approved a model statue of civil rights leader Daisy Bates, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office said Tuesday.

In recent years, Arkansas has been replacing the two century-old statues that represent the state in the United States Capitol with portraits of Bates and country music icon Johnny Cash.

State officials submitted photos of 3-foot-tall models, called scale models, of what the two statues will look like, in November for required federal approval.

Kurt Naumann, director of administration and government relations for Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston, told the State Capitol Arts and Lands Commission and the National Pilotage Commission of the Statues Room he had received a notification earlier Tuesday morning from the architect of the Capitol Office saying that the Bates mock-up had been approved.

The approval means Benjamin Victor, the artist selected by the state to build the Bates statue, can begin designing the life-size model.

“The architect of the Capitol was very complimentary, and Benjamin said he started working on it today, so he’s going to start this process now,” Naumann said. “So I think we’ve come a long way with Daisy Bates.”

Meanwhile, the state is still working on the details of the Cash model. Naumann said the state had received comments from the Capitol architect regarding concerns over Cash’s guitar neck, which he is pictured carrying on his back, hanging down within reach of visitors.

Naumann said the artist chosen for the Cash statue, Kevin Kresse, had been in contact with the national architect to make some slight revisions to the model.

For both statues, the state must obtain approval for a full-size clay model and pedestal, and then approval for a completed statue, following the steps listed on the architect’s website. Capitol.

Arkansas is one of many states that are in the process of replacing the statues that represent it in the United States Capitol, which Congress urged all states to do in 1864. The state is in the process of replacing it. change its statues of the late lawyer Uriah Rose and the late US Sen and Governor James P. Clarke under Arkansas Law 1068 of 2019.

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