Protesters topple Capitol statues

    Lady Forward lies fallen on the Capitol Square. Photo supplied.

    Demonstrators protesting the arrest of activist Yeshua Musa on Tuesday have torn down two statues from the Capitol Square — the statue of Lady Forward that represented Wisconsin at the Columbian Exhibition in 1896, and the statue of Col. Hans Christian Heg, the anti-slavery activist and member of Wisconsin’s Wide Awakes, an anti-slave-catcher militia. Heg fought for the Union and died at the battle of Chickamauga.

    Witnesses said the statue of Heg was being dragged to Lake Monona at the corner of  John Nolen and Williamson Street.

    We will have more details as they become available.

    The pedestal where the statue of Col. Hans Christian Heg stood is adorned with the words, “Black is Beautiful.” Photo supplied.