Lynne Hermansen
Kansas U.S. Senators Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall announced Monday, June 28 that Amelia Earhart’s statue will be placed in the U.S. Capitol after the Congressional Statute Dedication Ceremony July 27.
“A bold and inspiring aviator, Amelia Earhart soared into the history books, setting flight records and breaking barriers,”Senator Moran said. “She led the way for thousands of women to pursue their dreams—whether that was in aviation or to break their own, new barriers.”
Amelia Earhart’s statue will be joining President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s statue representing Kansas.
The National Statuary Hall Collection has 100 statutes with two from each state and are placed throughout the Capitol. The Kansas State Legislature voted in 1999 to replace U.S. Senator John James Ingalls and Kansas Governor George Washington Glick with Eisenhower and Earhart.
The Earhart statue was created by George and Mark Lundeen. Their second statue of Earhart will be at the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum in Atchison.
“Amelia Earhart was a true Kansas pioneer who exemplifies our state motto Ad Astra Per Aspera-To the Stars with Difficulty,” Senator Marshall said. “Today Kansas is known as the Air Capitol of the World and the placement of the Earhart Statue in our nation’s capital furthers our commitment to that industry.”
Senator Marshall said they commend the city of Atchison and its leaders, and they look forward to the opening of the Amelia Earhart Hanger Museum in 2023.
Jacque Pregont, chair for Amelia Heart Sanctuary Hall Selection Committee and board member of the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation, said they were excited to finally bring Earhart’s statute to National Statuary Hall to honor her enduring impact as a world-renown American aviator and advocate for women’s equal rights.
“Amelia’s statue will stand as an inspiring symbol particularly for women and girls to boldly pursue their dreams,” he said.
The Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation was formed in 2016 to lead funding for the Earhart statue and to build the new Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum in Atchison opening in 2023. The statue will be the 10th renown woman represented as the 100 statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection.