Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) introduced a House resolution that would require the House of Representatives Fine Arts Board to commission a mural depicting the January 6th, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol. Rep. Speier’s resolution would also require the Fine Arts Board, in consultation with the Architect of the Capitol and the Speaker of the House, to select an appropriate location in the House wing of the United States Capitol to display the mural, in accordance with other key moments in U.S. history. The new mural would join other murals based on significant moments in the history of the Capitol building such as the site selection of the Capitol, the August 1814 burning of the Capitol by British troops, and the use of the Capitol Rotunda as an infirmary during the Civil War. Those murals decorate the Cox Corridors in the Capitol and other areas in the halls of Congress.
“The January 6th attack is among the most significant incidents to occur not only in American history, but at the United States Capitol itself. It must be recorded for posterity,” Rep. Speier said. “Congress has convened at the Capitol 59 times to certify presidential elections since 1789. For the first time in our country’s history, that peaceful transfer of power was nearly stopped by a violent mob of insurrectionists unleashed by the former president on January 6th, 2021 in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The FBI considers the deadly attack on the Capitol, which resulted in five deaths, including one U.S. Capitol Police Officer, an act of domestic terrorism. The attempted coup, which also resulted in the deaths by suicide of an additional four U.S. Capitol Police officers, presents the most serious attack on our nation’s Capitol since the War of 1812. The purpose of recording and studying history is not only to celebrate triumphant moments that we cherish, but to learn from painful and shameful moments so that we are not doomed to repeat our mistakes.”
To read a copy of the resolution text, click here.
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