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Virginia Seeks Funding For Monument Honoring Women

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The monument will be located near the Edgar Allen Poe statue on the west side of Capitol Square. Secretary of Administration Lisa Hick Thomas, who heads the Women's Monument Commission, says because the statue will encompass so many ideas, finding the right artist and funding the multi-million dollar project is a worthwhile, yet huge, undertaking.

"We want there to be an educational component," she says. "There should be some synergy between the monument and the Library of Virginia. Folks will be able to not only come and look at the monument, but maybe some of the exhibits. We want it to invoke a love for history, and for folks to be able to learn more about the contribution of women."

Thomas says the goal is to send out a proposal request by next month, artist submissions by October, and an announcement of the winner and what the tribute will look like by March.

The monument must be paid for with private funds, and Thomas says the panel will gladly take donations from interested parties.


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