The American School for the Deaf is restoring a 165-year-old dismantled monument that honored the school’s founder, Thomas Gallaudet, according to an Associated Press article on the US News and World Report website.

The original monument was taken apart about 100 years ago when the school moved from Hartford, and not displayed in its full glory because some believed it resembled a grave marker, according to the AP article.

Eventually, pieces of the monument were sold to fund a bronze replacement statue. The remaining pieces were displayed at the school’s West Hartford campus in the 1950s, but have since succumbed to the elements.

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Source: AP, US News & World Report

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