- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A 100-year-old monument to the founders of New Jersey’s largest city created by the sculptor who designed Mount Rushmore has been restored after being gone from public view for more than a decade.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/2h9gzGw) that “The First Landing Party of the Founders of Newark” sculpture is back on public display along the banks of the Passaic River.

The nine-foot-tall, 13,000-pound marble monument was designed by artist Gutzon Borglum. It was given to the city in 1916 to celebrate its 250th anniversary.

But the monument was placed on its back without a base and covered with a blue tarp in a city facility after a construction project in 2002.

Newark’s 350th Anniversary Committee raised $60,000 to restore the monument. It was unveiled to the public again in a ceremony on Monday.


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