Capitol Photos - Photos of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC
By Rachel Cooper
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Statue of Freedom Photo
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The Statue of Freedom, by Thomas Crawford, sits atop the dome of the United States Capitol. The statue is a classical female figure, standing on a cast-iron globe encircled with the words E Pluribus Unum, Latin for "Out of Many, One," which originally suggested that out of many colonies or states emerge a single nation. Over time these words have come to suggest that out of many races and ancestries has emerged a single nation. The Statue of Freedom stands 19 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 15,000 pounds.
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