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GALLERY: Harrisburg’s newest monument honors voting rights, Old 8th Ward

By: - August 26, 2020 6:56 pm

Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller

On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Tom Wolf, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and a slew of state legislators met outside the Capitol to unveil Harrisburg’s newest monument.

Unveiled on the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment and the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the bronze monument depicts four statues of influential Harrisburg residents from the 1800s: William Howard Day, civil rights pioneer; Frances Harper, abolitionist and suffragette; Jacob T. Compton, sergeant in the U.S. Colored Infantry; and T. Morris Chester, Civil War correspondent.

Half an hour before the dedication ceremony, the line to be some of the first to see the monument wrapped around the south end of the Capitol lawn.

A monument at the Capitol will honor Harrisburg’s long-gone immigrant and African American neighborhood

The plan for the monument was announced in January at an event in the Capitol’s main rotunda.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.