Borlaug statue will be installed in US Capitol

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new statue of Iowa’s Norman Borlaug will be unveiled in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

The statue will become one of two representing Iowa in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. It will be officially installed on the 100th anniversary of Borlaug’s birth.

Borlaug was a Cresco native who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his role in combating world hunger.

Donations from DuPont Pioneer and an anonymous individual covered the statue’s roughly $268,000 cost.

The Borlaug statue replaces one of former U.S. Sen. James Harlan who also served as Interior Secretary.

The Harlan statue will be sent to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, to be displayed at Iowa Wesleyan College. Harlan once served as that school’s president.

 

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