Preservationists restore Baton Rouge monument

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) - A monument on the Capitol grounds has a fresh look thanks to the Monumental Task Committee. The group of volunteer preservationists teamed up with the State Horticulture Division on a restoration project for the Washington Monument located adjacent to the Old Arsenal Museum.

The Washington Monument is a bust of George Washington built of stone and bronze approximately ten years ago. The MTC’s experienced professionals utilize standard U.S. National Park Service preservation practices, materials, and techniques. For the Washington project, the stone and bronze needed attention as the relatively young monument had considerable staining from copper oxidation and weathering. 

“The Monumental Task Committee preserves statues, plaques, and monuments that are in poor condition,” said Pierre McGraw, founder and president of the 29 year old Monumental Task Committee. “By cleaning neglected historical artwork visible to the public, we strive to make Louisiana more attractive not just for visitors, but also for residents. The Washington Monument is a great piece of art for Baton Rouge and it’s only fitting that our first president looks polished on our state Capitol grounds.”

The Monumental Task Committee has pending lawsuits against the City of New Orleans in Federal Court and State Court over four historic monuments the City plans to remove.

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