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People are such wimps...grow up already!

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by HelpIsOntheWay, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. [​IMG]<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place><st1:City>MONTPELIER</st1:City>, <st1:State>Vermont</st1:State></st1:place> (AP) -- A group preparing to celebrate the life of a Vermont-born sculptor is petitioning Gov. James Douglas to leave a replica of Hiram Powers' most famous work -- which portrays a nude chained woman -- on his Statehouse desk.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

    The petitioners, who include the wife of U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, say "The Greek Slave" is one of the most important pieces of art ever created by a <st1:State><st1:place>Vermont</st1:place></st1:State> native.<o:p></o:p>

    The governor wants the lamp that incorporates the replica removed from his office desk during the upcoming legislative session. <st1:place>Douglas</st1:place> spokesman Jason Gibbs said last week the governor was concerned the statue could be broken, but he also said there was concern that school children would see the nude.<o:p></o:p>

    Gibbs said Monday the lamp would remain on display at the Statehouse while the Legislature is in session, but not on the governor's desk.<o:p></o:p>

    "This wonderful piece of art will continue to enjoy public prominence on display at the Statehouse," Gibbs said. The home of the statue during the session will be determined by the Statehouse curator, Gibbs said.<o:p></o:p>

    "We're leaving it to him," Gibbs said.<o:p></o:p>

    Liz Jeffords and Polly Billings, wife of a retired federal judge, said they're launching a petition drive to have the governor leave the lamp on the Statehouse desk.<o:p></o:p>

    "He was worried about the effect on school children? What better way to teach them about our Constitution, which outlaws slavery," <st1:City><st1:place>Billings</st1:place></st1:City> said. "This speaks to <st1:State><st1:place>Vermont</st1:place></st1:State> history, abolition and the horror of slavery."<o:p></o:p>

    Gibbs said the governor was not concerned about school children seeing the statue. He said his comments last week that it might be hard for the governor to explain a nude statue to schoolchildren were an attempt at levity.<o:p></o:p>

    <st1:City><st1:place>Billings</st1:place></st1:City> said she was unmoved by the governor's decision to have the statue displayed elsewhere in the Statehouse.<o:p></o:p>

    "I am going to carry on," she said.<o:p></o:p>

    A one-day celebration of Powers' art is planned for his 200th birthday July 29 in <st1:City><st1:place>Woodstock</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p>

    Powers sculpted six versions of "The Greek Slave" between the early 1840s and the late 1860s. The work became a symbol of the abolitionist movement before the Civil War.<o:p></o:p>
  2. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    If he doesn't want the lamp can I have it? :p
  3. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    got:pta lov:pe Hel:ppiso:pnthewa:py's :p pos:pts :p
  4. thanks! here's another one for ya:


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