Heg statue raised up once again

Grants, insurance, and donations cover repair costs

Hans Christian Heg - Statue

Photo: Corey Coyle / Wikimedia Commons
Hans Christian Heg was a Norwegian-American journalist, anti-slavery activist, and politician.

The Norwegian American

On Sept. 20, a statue honoring Col. Hans Christian Heg, a Norwegian-American Civil War abolitionist, was restored to its place on Capitol Square in Madison, Wis. At the same time, the “Forward” was also re-erected.

Both statues were toppled on June 21, 2020, after following a day of demonstrations following the arrest of a Black man, Devonere Johnson, at a nearby restaurant.

The restoration work took nearly a year to complete. The total cost exceeded $80,000, with $60,000 covered by grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and National Endowment of Humanities. The remainder was covered by insurance and donations to the Wisconsin State Historical Society.

This article originally appeared in the Oct. 8, 2021, issue of The Norwegian American.

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Lori Ann Reinhall

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American, is a multilingual journalist and cultural ambassador based in Seattle. She is the president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, and she serves on the boards of several Nordic organizations.