Who is there a statue of in your city/town?
February 7, 2007 9:52am CST
Who is there a statue of in your city, town, state - the place where you live? I was just looking at a news story about a village in Serbia where they are going to put up a statue of Rocky Balboa because their town is so tired of only being in the news for disasters like flooding and landslides. They are erecting the statue of "Rocky" as a sort of symbol of the ability to 'bounce back every time you get knocked down'. What do you think of this story? What kinds of statues and monuments are there where you live? Feel free to share any thoughts that you have about this news story, or anything that it reminds you of! ^_^
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I don't know about one here in my town, however, back home in Alabama there is this small town not too far from where I was raised called Enterprise, Alabama. I have a friends who live there and have visited a number of times...This town is known for the huge statue they have in middle of downtown of the "Boll Weevil" It's actually the only monument erected to an agricultural pest. I would sit around and listen to all the older people tell me the many stories about the boll weevil... It's a statue of a woman holding a large version of the insect over her head smack dab in the middle of town, right in the center of Main Street. They even have security cameras nearby that monitors this statue due to so many vadalizings to this statue... The history behind this statue is that there was a bad swarm of boll weevils that came and destroyed the cotton crops and forced many farmers to switch to growing different crops, such as peanuts...Some of the farmers even refused to plant anything but cotton and they suffered for it sometimes loosing their farms... Later it was asked why Alabama built a monument to this pest? One of the reason is because it forced residents to end their dependence on cotton and to pursue the farming of other crops as well as manufacturing...
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• United States
7 Feb 07
That is almost funny....no, it is funny! I don't think that there are any statues where I live but there is a wonderful African American woman here that I worked with about 15 years ago who was in her late 60s then. At that point in her life she was just beginning to go to college and get her Bachelor's Degree. As if that was not enough for one woman to do she was one of the major influences in getting both the Habitat for Humanity Program started here and the annual Multi-Cultural Festival. Now, was that enough for her? Oh, my no! She enlisted the aid of others and turned what used to be "the colored children's school" into an African American museum. This truly marvelous woman is my all time s/hero. I have written to Oprah and to Ellen but have gotten no response from either of them about her. My city has no NAACP, so I called the closest city that has one and was told to contact my local one, I told them that I had no local one, that they were my closest one, I was told that I needed to contact my local one! Catch 22 flashback! ~Donna
7 Feb 07
I live in London, so like most European capital cities, we have more statues than we know what do with! LOL! I guess Nelson on top of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, is one famous one. We have loads of Queen Victoria, and King Edward VII too. I must admit I like your story!
8 Feb 07
In my city Faro i have the Statue of D. Afonso III, that was a king that occupied our region from the marooco people back. He is with his backs to the castle because the legend say that the princess that lived with him gave the keys of the city to an muslim guy because love.