Artists chosen to craft U.S. Capitol statues of Arkansas icons, civil rights activist, Daisy Gatson Bates, and country music legend, Johnny Cash

For the first time in a century, two artists have been chosen to create new statues to represent Arkansas in the National Statuary Hall at the US Capitol.

Benjamin Victor of Boise, Idaho, was selected to sculpt a likeness of civil-rights activist Daisy Gatson Bates. Victor was inspired by Bates’ positive action after losing her mother as a young girl. Bates was not only co-publisher of a newspaper which focused on civil-rights and issues within the Black community, but she also was a mentor to the Little Rock nine.

Kevin Kresse of Little Rock was selected to create a sculpture of country music legend Johnny Cash. Kresse plans to capture Cash’s motivating factors, including his faith and the trauma from the death of his brother.

DDH partner Randy Bynum participated as a member of the Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission in the selection of the two talented artists.

Read the entire Arkansas Democrat Gazette article here.

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