Wednesday morning U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other Congressional leaders announced the newly created Norman Borlaug statue will be installed at the U.S. Capitol this spring.
On March 25th, the statue of Borlaug will be part of the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol building, where each state is represented by two statues of notable citizens.
Dr. Borlaug dedicated his life to ending hunger and malnutrition worldwide.
The statue of Borlaug will replace the statue of U.S. senator James Harlan. The second statue representing Iowa is of Governor Samuel Kirkwood.
“This is significant, and it is a rare occasion in our state’s history, as the last time Iowa statues were installed in the nation’s capital was 1910 and 1913,” says Gov. Terry Branstad.
The statue of Sen. James Harlan will travel back to Iowa and will eventually be displayed in his hometown of Mount Pleasant.