Historic statue returns to Civil War memorial in Wichita

Sedgwick County crews restore the statue Liberty to the top of the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors monument on the ground of the old Sedgwick County Court House on April 27, 2016. (KSN-TV)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A historic statue has been returned to a Civil War memorial in Wichita after undergoing a nearly three-year renovation in Missouri.

The Wichita Eagle reports that a crane hoisted the statute, named “Liberty,” into place Wednesday. It occupies the pinnacle of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument on the south lawn of the Sedgwick County Historic Courthouse.

Sedgwick County project services program manager Tania Cole says the statue was restored for $32,880. Liberty had some structural issues and was coming apart at the seams near her feet.

Russell-Marti Conservation Services Inc. in California, Missouri, performed the restoration. The “Liberty” statue was designed and built by the W.H. Mullins Co. of Salem, Ohio, which specialized about a century ago in making metal statues for Civil War memorials.


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