Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission Seeks Place for Donated Monument

By Price, Marie | THE JOURNAL RECORD, August 21, 2009 | Go to article overview

Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission Seeks Place for Donated Monument


Price, Marie, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Members of the State Capitol Preservation Commission on Thursday went over potential state Capitol locations for a Ten Commandments monument authorized by the state Legislature last session.

Commission member John Richard, director of the Department of Central Services, outlined the results of a discussion of the commission's Architectural and Grounds Subcommittee about where the monument might be placed.

He said the private donors of the planned 6-foot-tall monument prefer a location in a garden area on the southeast side of the Capitol building.

Richard said another possibility discussed by the subcommittee would be near the north entrance of the building, which is a quieter area with less foot traffic. He said the commission has discussed erecting other monuments in that area.

Richard said a third possibility would be on the east side of the main plaza leading into the Capitol on its south side, to the east of the flag display.

The Capitol architect has been asked to continue discussions with the donors, he said.

State Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, who filed the Ten Commandments measure, has said family funds would be used to pay the $10,000 cost of the monument.

Under House Bill 1330, the commission was authorized to assist private entities in selecting a location for the monument and arranging a suitable time for its placement.

Richard said no action was required Thursday, and that the commission will probably take no official action until after the law becomes effective Nov. 1. …

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