Richard Russell Statue
Public Art : Richard Russell Statue
Sculptor : © William Joseph Thompson
Description : The 13ft bronze statue of Richard
Brevard Russell Jr is the largest statue on the Capitol grounds because it was meant to be erected in the park on
Washington Street. Russell is depicted in business suit with his right hand extended out and his left hand in his
Date Unveiled : The Richard Russell Statue was
dedicated 14th December 1975
Foundry : Mengal Art Foundry
Location of the Richard Russell Statue: East of the
main entrance of the Capitol grounds, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Richard B Russell
Member of Georgia House
of Representatives 1921-1931.
Governor of Georgia 1931-1933
United States Senator
from Georgia 1933-1971.
Who was Richard B Russell Jr ?
: Richard Brevard Russell, Jr. (November 2, 1897 – January 21, 1971) was an American
Democratic Party politician who was a United States Senator from the state of Georgia. Russell was born in Winder,
Georgia the fourth of 13 children. He followed in his father's footsteps by studying law and eventually setting up
his own practice with his father. At the age of 24 he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and less
than 10 years later he became the Governor of Georgia at 33. He was a member of the Warren Commission, which
investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In 1952 Russell made an attempt for the Democratric Nomination
for President but was quickly blocked by democrats who saw his racism as "deplorable". Russell was opposed to Civil
Rights and had long blocked meaningful civil rights legislation that might have protected African-Americans from
lynching, disenfranchisement and disparate treatment under the law. Among his acheivements, Russell supported
agricultural research, providing school lunches, and giving surplus commodities to the poor.
History of the Richard Russell Statue: It was agreed
by the General Assembly on April 12th, 1971 (three months after his death) that a statue should be erected on
the Capitol grounds commemorating Richard Brevard Russell Jr.