Washington State’s delegation in the National Statuary Hall hasn’t been updated since 1980, when the bronze casting of Sister of Providence nun Mother Joseph was shipped east. I think Washington should recall her, or missionary Marcus Whitman, and send back Gordon Hirabayashi, the courageous resister of Japanese-American internment in World War II.
Hirabayashi was among the interesting responses to my suggestion that we “hit refresh” on the state’s statues in the Capitol Statuary Hall collection, which honors two deceased icons from each state.
Whitman and Mother Joseph have their fans. Sister Judith Desmarais, of the Sisters of Providence’s Mother Joseph province, defends Mother Joseph as a pioneering architect who built 30 schools and institutions.
But others liked the idea of a fresh contingent. Responses linked — probably for the first time ever — Kurt Cobain and Bing Crosby as worthy candidates. Reader Ken Bertrand of Seattle said he suggestedMore