Richard Russell Statue

Richard Russell Statue, Atlanta, Georgia

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 jacket pocket.

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.

Inscription :

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.


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