Monroe County Courthouse Monuments Cleaned and Repaired for 4th of July Ceremony – The B Square

The main event of the Monday, July 4 observance at the Monroe County Courthouse is the rededication of the 35-foot-tall Alexander Memorial.

The memorial was built in 1928 to honor veterans of all wars in Monroe County.

The iconic landmark, which stands on the southeast corner of Courthouse Square, was renovated in April this year, cleaning it up and installing eight new limestone panels. The original panels, some of which are now on display inside the courthouse rotunda, had deteriorated in the nearly 100 years since it was built.

Signs have been put up on the lawn of the courthouse announcing that the space is reserved for 4th of July activities.

The Alexander Memorial needed extra cleaning on Tuesday of this week. The base of the monument, under the newly installed new signs, has been spray painted with slogans supporting reproductive rights.

On Tuesday afternoon, the crew at Wells Masonry, the same company that installed the new signs, smeared phrases such as “Abortion is not murder,” “My body, my choice” and “Drop the court”, and let it soak for half an hour. hour, before pressure washing clean limestone surfaces.

The slogan’s reference to “court” refers to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, the decision that found abortion to be a constitutional right. The decision sparked protests in Bloomington.

In addition to the unscheduled cleaning of the Alexander Memorial, two other monuments on the grounds of the courthouse received attention that had been needed for some time: the World War II monument and the peace memorial.

On Wednesday, an Accent Limestone craftsman used epoxy to reattach the soldier’s grenade-wielding right arm in the World War II monument. The World War II statue stands on the northeast corner of the courthouse square.

The Peace Monument, which was missing the statue’s left arm, which holds a dove aloft, also underwent a necessary repair this week. The statue, with its arm and its dove, is whole again.

The peace memorial, which stands southwest of the courthouse, was dedicated on November 29, 2013, to former county commissioner and councilor Warren Henegar. The plaque on the monument reads in part:

Warren served his country in World War II in the Pacific.
He came back believing that some wars were justified,
but all efforts to bring world peace far
outweighed the arguments trying to justify the war.
Warren was a constant advocate for peace
and non-violent resolutions.

Monroe County Sheriffs are investigation of the spray painting of the Alexander memorialbased in part on footage from surveillance cameras mounted on the courthouse building.

It is a system that was newly installed in January 2020, as well as an upgrade of the interior surveillance cameras. Approval of the $15,500 contact with B-Tech for the surveillance system came at the December 18, 2019 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.

It is the facilities manager and the head of the Technical Services Department (TSD) who have regular access to courthouse cameras/images, according to Greg Crohn, who is the new head of technical services. He is the former director of fleet and facilities, replacing outgoing TSD chief Eric Evans.

In response to an emailed question, Crohn wrote that camera footage is normally retained for about 60 days. But this varies depending on the amount of foot traffic in a given camera’s area. Records of theft or vandalism are retained until the investigation is complete and the case is closed or closed, Crohn wrote.

The seasonal red-white-and-blue bunting that has been added to the courthouse has been tucked away, away from outside surveillance cameras, so the camera view is not obscured.

The rededication ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday morning. Bloomington’s 4th of july parade is supposed to start at 10 am

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