NC State Capitol staff offers free tour of statues

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Visitors to the State Capitol can take advantage of a free walking tour of the monuments that honor various North Carolinians.

The hourlong walking tour begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the George Washington statue on the south plaza in Raleigh. It will include information about the artists, symbolism and history of the public monuments, the first of which was unveiled in 1857 and the last of which was dedicated in 1990.

The statues honor North Carolina veterans, statesmen and others.

Capital education coordinator Terra Schramm says the statues tell visitors what their forebearers thought was important and provide a glimpse into the social and political atmosphere at the time.

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