In case you haven’t heard, a campaign has been launched to move the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument from Wheeling Park to the empty lot beside West Virginia Independence Hall.
Understandably, many remain skeptical. At 24 feet tall and weighing 25 plus tons, the monument is one massive hunk of granite. It is also in need of fairly extensive restoration. To move it and restore it will cost a lot of money. And there’s some risk of further damage during the move.
These are compelling reasons to let it be.
The reasons for moving it were cited in Dr. Joe Laker’s recent piece for the Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review: to provide greater security, to restore it, and to enhance downtown Wheeling with another “magnificent piece of public art.”
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