People throughout the country continue to mourn the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg after the Supreme Court justice passed away on Friday. Tributes to her life are on display across the U.S., including her home city of New York, to ensure that her legacy lives on.
The 87-year-old’s passing from complications of cancer was announced by the Supreme Court just before the weekend. By the next day, landmarks were redecorated in homage to the woman who served on the bench of the nation’s highest court for nearly three decades.
A photo of Wall Street’s “Fearless Girl” statue wearing a lace collar appeared in Sunday’s issue of The New York Times. The statement-making accessory has become synonymous with Ginsburg and her role as a justice.
“You know, the standard robe is made for a man because it has a place for the shirt to show, and the tie,” Ginsburg told the Washington Post in 2009 of the style. “So Sandra Day O'Connor [the first female Justice on the court] and I thought it would be appropriate if we included as part of our robe something typical of a woman. So I have many, many collars.”
The statue by State Street Global Advisors and McCann was put up in 2017 and has since become a monument of female empowerment. “Here’s to the original,” the group tweeted Saturday in a nod to the feminist icon.
Ginsburg was also remembered at the 50th Street subway station in Manhattan, where the tile on the platform for C and E trains now reads “RUTH ST.”
Adrian Wilson, the artist responsible for the change, posted photos of the updated tile sitting above an empty subway bench and wrote “Let's have some young positive women filling that bench...,” in response to conversations about who will fill Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat. Wilson, who created similar memorials for Aretha Franklin, Prince and David Bowie at other stations, explained to Gothamist that he didn’t have a specific reason for the location of Ginsburg’s mark. Still, he’s excited for people to see it until it’s inevitably removed by the MTA.
“I do apologize to the workers who will spend a few minutes removing it but on balance, the amount of joy they brought to so many people is worth it I think,” he said. “Technically this is illegal but if I am charged for it, in this particular case I believe the Supreme Court will dismiss my case.”
The Supreme Court is also paying tribute to Ginsburg, who served as a justice for just over 27 years.
As is traditional, black wool crepe has been draped over Justice Ginsburg’s chair and the bench in front of it. pic.twitter.com/BStFUO0UA1— Adam Liptak (@adamliptak) September 20, 2020
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