Norman Borlaug to be enshrined in U.S. Capitol on March 25
The World Food Prize launched an interactive website where visitors can post what they’ll do this year in honor of the Borlaug Centennial to help feed the world, at www.worldfoodprize.org/norm. In addition, The World Food Prize will host several activities and events throughout the year to honor Borlaug.
The statue of Borlaug in the U.S. Capitol was made possible in 2011, when the Iowa Legislature approved a resolution and Governor Branstad appointed the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Statue Committee to raise funds and commission an artist to design, create and install a statue of Borlaug into the U.S. Capitol Building. After conducting a worldwide artist search, the committee chose Benjamin Victor of South Dakota. DuPont Pioneer and an anonymous donor offered financial support for the project.
Each state is represented by two statues of notable citizens in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol Building. The statue of Borlaug will replace the statue of U.S. Senator James Harlan installed in 1910, which will be relocated to Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The second statue representing Iowa is of Governor Samuel Kirkwood, which was installed in 1913.
More information about the statue project is available at www.iowaborlaugstatue.org, including information about related events and activities. People are also encouraged to watch a webcast of the statue unveiling ceremony, which will take place on March 25 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time, at www.speaker.gov/live. People can learn more about Dr. Borlaug, celebratory events worldwide, and find ways to get involved in fighting hunger at www.worldfoodprize.org/norm.
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