Governor Cuomo Announces New York Will Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Statue in Brooklyn

Caroline Hallemann
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Photo credit: Eugene Gologursky - Getty Images
Photo credit: Eugene Gologursky - Getty Images

From Town & Country

One day after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York will erect a statue in her honor in Brooklyn, where the Supreme Court Justice grew up.

"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg selflessly pursued truth and justice in a world of division, giving voice to the voiceless and uplifting those who were pushed aside by forces of hate and indifference. As a lawyer, jurist, and professor, she redefined gender equity and civil rights and ensured America lived up to her founding ideals — she was a monumental figure of equality, and we can all agree that she deserves a monument in her honor," Cuomo said in a statement released on Saturday.

"She persevered despite several bouts of cancer and was present every single day to participate in the strengthening and safeguarding of our democracy. Her 27 years on the court reshaped our understanding of the basic tenets of equality and justice. While the family of New York mourns Justice Ginsburg's death, we remember proudly that she started her incredible journey right here in Brooklyn. Her legacy will live on in the progress she created for our society, and this statue will serve as a physical reminder of her many contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for those who will continue to build on her immense body of work for generations to come."

An artist for the statue has yet to be announced, but the Governor noted that a commission will be appointed "in the coming days" to provide recommendations to his office regarding a location for the memorial, as well as the design of the statue.

Bader Ginsburg passed away from complications due to cancer Friday, September 18 at her home in Washington, surrounded by her family. She was 87 years old.

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