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American School for the Deaf to restore founder’s monument

December 26, 2019 GMT
This circa 1855 lithograph made available by the Library of Congress shows a monument by Albert Newsam in front of the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Conn. The school has begun restoring the 165-year-old monument that honors the schools founder, Thomas Gallaudet, and hopes to have the obelisk on its front lawn of its West Hartford campus by September 2020. (P.S. Duval & Co./Library of Congress via AP)
This circa 1855 lithograph made available by the Library of Congress shows a monument by Albert Newsam in front of the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Conn. The school has begun restoring the 165-year-old monument that honors the schools founder, Thomas Gallaudet, and hopes to have the obelisk on its front lawn of its West Hartford campus by September 2020. (P.S. Duval & Co./Library of Congress via AP)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A school for the deaf in Connecticut has begun restoring a 165-year-old monument that honors the schools founder, Thomas Gallaudet.

The American School for the Deaf said it will cost between $180,000 and $200,000 to restore the obelisk-like monument that hasn’t been on display for nearly 100 years.

The school hopes to have the restored monument on its front lawn by September, the Hartford Courant reported.

Jean Linderman, who is in charge of the schools archives, said the monument was dismantled when the school moved from its Hartford campus about a century ago. But the school did not end up putting the full monument back on display because some felt it resembled a grave marker, and a stone worker stored the large marble slabs in his barn.

In the mid-1920s, the school decided to replace the monument with a bronze statue and sold pieces of the monument to fund its replacement, Linderman said.

According to Linderman, the school decided to bring what remained of the monument back to the West Hartford campus in the 1950s, but left the pieces exposed to the elements.

“It’s a sad story,” Linderman said. The pieces “weren’t lost or mysteriously misplaced. We chipped them up and sold them.”