This past weekend, I had the opportunity to tour the Capitol and got an expanded look because of my brother, who is interning with a representative.
I highly recommend going to the Capitol and touring. The museum is top notch with great artifacts, including a table from Abraham Lincoln’s presidential inauguration. The Capitol itself is a beautiful building filled with busts and statues of many great Americans and other luminaries that helped shape America’s past.
There were a few statues I was not expecting to see in the Capitol of the United States–yet there they were: Jefferson Davis, Alexander Stephens, and Robert E. Lee, three of the top men in the Confederacy, who shaped the South’s political and/or military strategy.
There was also a staute of Gen. Joseph Wheeler, who later became an officer for the United States military but who served for the C.S.A. in the Civil War; his statue shows him in his Confederate uniform.
Seeing their replicas struck a chord. What other country would put the upper echelon of leadership from a failed rebellion of people who committed treason against the government in the halls of that government’s buildings.
I could only think of one thing: only in America
I just thought these statues were interesting to see, especially in the place I was visiting.
Yet, maybe they speak to the power of America to forgive? Maybe they speak to trying to understand the entire story of our American history?
What are your thoughts?