Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Freedom' Reigns Anew from atop Capitol Dome

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Freedom' Reigns Anew from atop Capitol Dome

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The bronze statue "Freedom" was hoisted back atop the Capitol dome Saturday by helicopter as President Bill Clinton and thousands of spectators watched from the plaza below.

It was the literal high point of a ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of the meeting place of Congress.

The event to return the 130-year-old sculpture was a month late and a cornerstone short, but the message for the nation, said Capitol architect George White, is " `Freedom' reigns again."

Clinton, who followed a parade of congressional speakers, noted that Abraham Lincoln said during the Civil War that the work on the Capitol and its crowning statue would continue because, "if people see the Capitol going on, it is a symbol that we intend the union to go on."

Poet Laureate Rita Dove composed a poem for the occasion, and Liza Minnelli sang "America the Beautiful."

Actors in period costumes re-enacted the Masonic ceremony in which President George Washington laid the Capitol cornerstone on Sept. …

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