JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — She’s back! Ceres was officially uncovered in front of the state Capitol building on a chilly Friday afternoon, marking her return after a year-long hiatus for some much-needed repairs.
Gov. Mike Parson and Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe removed a green tarp from the 10-foot-4-inch bronze Ceres statue in front of a smattering of reporters and passersby with temperatures hovering just above 40 degrees. (While this reporter was cold, Ceres did not reveal how she felt.)
“It’s quite a celebration today,” Parson said. “Hopefully the public will get to see a part of history here.”
Ceres will be on display for the public to view her until Dec. 9. She will be hoisted back to her perch atop the Capitol dome the week of Dec. 16.
The Roman goddess of agriculture was first placed on top of the Capitol in 1924. She was removed in November 2018 for the first time for conservation — or repairs — at a firm in Chicago.
— Kaitlyn Schallhorn (@K_Schallhorn) December 6, 2019
Funding for the conservation of the statue was included in the bonding package passed by the General Assembly for repairs to the exterior of the Capitol building. About $400,000 of the $50 million restoration project went to Ceres.
For more on what Ceres represents and her history, click here.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is the editor of The Missouri Times. She joined the newspaper in early 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City.
Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S., including the 2016 presidential election, and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa and the Middle East.
She is a native of Missouri who studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She is also an alumna of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C.
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