John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

In today's edition of "Published Errors of Fact About the United States Capitol Art Collection That No One But Me Would Care About or Even Notice In the First Place," we have this passage from A Pocketful of History: Four Hundred Years of America—One State Quarter at a Time by Jim Noles:

Admirers bestowed similar accolades on South Pass City's Justice of the Peace Esther Morris, eventually calling her (rather hyperbolically) the "author of female suffrage. In 1954, they even lobbied successfully for her statue to be placed in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall, where she joined Shoshone Indian Chief Washakie as one of Wyoming's two representatives there.

"Hey!" I said aloud to myself as I read that, "That's inaccurate!" It was the other way around. Morris was Wyoming's only representative in the National Statuary Collection until 2000, when Washakie joined her. Also, Morris's statue is not currently situated in Statuary Hall, and given how late it was added to the collection -- it was commissioned in 1954, but not actually placed in the Capitol until 1960 -- it probably never was.

Longtime readers will doubtless remember that my first post concerning a PEOFATUSCACTNOBMWCAOENITFP was directed at a certain Presidential hopeful named Barack Obama. Luckily, my criticism does not seem to have affected his electoral prospects, but a lot can happen in one day.


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