Feb 042013
 
May 30 sketch of Ali/Davis statue location in state rotunda, as dictated to author by Don Pratt.

May 30 sketch of Ali/Davis statue location in state rotunda, as dictated to author by Don Pratt.

Field notes from a May 30 discussion with Don Pratt at the Capital Building.

“I argue for an Ali statue to sit in the state rotunda.” Pratt, visionary, suggests keeping Lincoln as-is, but placing  the Ali statue in the current corner featuring Jefferson Davis.

“You’ll get rid of Davis?” I ask increduously.

“No,” he replies. “We keep Davis but create a new statue for him, crouching, which can be placed at the base of the Ali. It’ll be a symbolic request for forgiveness, act of grace, and show of who has real power.”

“What about the other Cassius Clay?”

“The Lion of Whitehall? The abolitionist publisher muckraker? I say start with Ali. Get a petition going to put him in the state house. Then work on Clay.”