By Associated Press - Tuesday, December 17, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The statue of a Roman goddess that prompted a brief controversy returned to the dome of the Missouri State Capitol Tuesday.

The statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture and grain crops, was taken down last year for structural and cosmetic repairs. A 550-ton crane lifted the 10-foot, 1,407-pound bronze statue back to the top of the dome, the Jefferson City News-Tribune reported.

Last week, State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, asked Gov. Mike Parson to stop the state from returning the “false god” to the Capitol dome, citing his and Parson’s Christian faith.

Parson did not respond to Moon’s letter and supporters said the statue, which shows Ceres holding a bundle of grain, represents the importance of agriculture in Missouri. It was originally installed on the dome in 1924.

The state spent about $400,000 to restore the statue, as part of a $50 million project to renovate the Capitol’s exterior.

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