Workers reinstall Wisconsin statues downed in 2020 protest

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Workers reinstalled a statue Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 symbolizing Wisconsin’s “Forward” motto outside the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. Protesters tore the 7-foot statue down during a demonstration in June 2020 over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Workers have reinstalled two statues on the Wisconsin Capitol grounds that protesters damaged during a demonstration last year following George Floyd’s death.

Protesters in June broke off a leg and tore the head off a statue of abolitionist Hans Christian Heg. They also dented and broke a finger off the “Forward” statue. The state received $60,000 in federal grants to cover restoration efforts. Workers from the state Department of Administration reinstalled both statues Tuesday morning.

They used a boom crane to lower Heg back onto his pedestal. The protest was among demonstrations around the U.S. after Floyd’s death while in Minneapolis police custody.

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