On February 19, the statue of Theodore Roosevelt is moving from its home in Manhattan to the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
President Obama, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Chuck Schumer, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and several other city officials and politicians recently held a ceremony to kick off the move.
The 22-foot bronze statue, which was commissioned in 1905 by President William McKinley, is one of the last cast-aluminum statues in existence. In 2004, it was moved from its original home in Ohio to NYC and its permanent location in Bowling Green Park.
Remarkably, the piece has already made it twice around the country: once to Ohio and once to New York.
The statue will be shipped to Grand Forks by barge from the port of New York to the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. The presidential library will also house the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the Bess Truman Presidential Library and Museum, the nation’s first presidential libraries for women.
The embassy is hosting an exhibit chronicling the bronze statues’ journeys from their arrival in 1915 in Ohio to its permanent site in NYC. In May, the presidential library and museum will unveil its newest addition to the exhibition, a bronze statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It will be joined by a bevy of other statues: Commander in Chief Dwight D. Eisenhower, Father of the Wilderness John Muir, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President John F. Kennedy, President Ronald Reagan, President Richard Nixon, former President Jimmy Carter, Former President Jimmy Carter, and former President John F. Kennedy.