Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Capitol Dome
For those curious as to what, or who, the statue is atop the dome, she is an allegorical figure "Freedom, Triumphant in War and Peace" created by American artist Thomas Crawford. Even at the design phase there was need for compromise as her initial head gear was a Liberty Cap, symbolic for all freed slaves. When that was challenged for fear of offending delicate Southern issues, it was replaced with a crested helmet. She stands directly atop the globe around which the phrase" E pluribus unum" is embedded. You'll also find the phrase in much of US currency. For those weak on Latin it means, "Out of many, one."