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Bill to replace Kearny statue at U.S. Capitol passes N.J. Senate, angering residents

Gen. Philip Kearny has watched over the U.S. Capitol for 132 years.

Kearny, a New York-born cavalry officer, earned honors for his bravery fighting in the Mexican-American War before his death fighting for the Union in the Civil War. The town of Kearny, where he lived for a few years, was named in his honor.

Since 1888, a bronze statue of the general, complete with cavalry saber and soaring mustache, has stood in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall alongside 99 other historical figures from across the country.

But Kearny’s watch may be ending soon. A New Jersey state Senate bill passed Feb. 10 that would ask the U.S. Library of Congress to remove Kearny’s statue and replace it with one of Alice Paul, a Mount Laurel advocate for women’s suffrage. The measure, which is sponsored by South Jersey Democratic senators Nilsa Cruz-Perez, Linda Greenstein, and Dawn Addiego, has angered Kearny residents, including Mayor Al Santos, who called the bill “upsetting" and "a poor way of doing history.”

“The way this is being done, it’s just picking a winner and a loser,” Santos said, adding that he supported measures honoring Paul, but “you don’t do that by diminishing the legacy of someone else.”

“This is not a question of a Confederate figure,” he noted.

William Styple, a historian from Kearny who is writing a book on Kearny, said he wrote a letter to lawmakers opposing the bill.

“I just don’t think people are educated on who Philip Kearny was,” he said, noting that the bill’s writers had spelled the general’s name wrong. “He detested slavery. He called it a stain on the American flag.”

But Lucienne Beard, the executive director of the Alice Paul Institute, a gender equality advocacy group, said she has nothing against Kearny specifically, but Paul “represents the New Jersey value of fighting for social justice and equality, writ large."

Paul, who was born in Mount Laurel in 1885, was imprisoned, went on hunger strikes, and endured violence and abuse in her activism on behalf of the 19th amendment, according to the organization.

“The U.S. suffrage movement was the civil rights advance that affected the largest number of people in this country,” said Beard, who said she supports the bill but was not involved in drafting it. “That should be memorialized.”

Each state is allowed to contribute two statues to the National Statuary Hall, which sits in the U.S. Capitol. New Jersey’s contributions are the statue of Kearny and one of Richard Stockton, a lawyer and lawmaker who signed the Declaration of Independence. It’s unclear why the bill’s writers picked Kearny to replace and not Stockton.

Since 2000, when the law was changed to allow statues to be replaced, 11 states have switched out statues, and legislation to do so is pending in roughly a half-dozen other states. The process of replacing a statue is a long one: a state must ask Capitol officials for permission, and a committee needs to approve designs for new statues, which must be made of marble or bronze.

Many of the recent initiatives are aimed in part at increasing the diversity of the hall’s historical figures, who are overwhelmingly white and male. Of the 100 statues, only nine are women.

“We would want to add to the diversity," said state Sen. Linda Greenstein, who sponsored the bill. Kearny and Paul “were both great Americans, no question about that,” she said, but added, “I feel very strongly about Alice Paul.”

“She’s a very important person,” she said, “not just to women, but to men.”

State Sen. Nicholas Sacco, who represents the town of Kearny, abstained on the bill, saying that Kearny was too important a figure to residents of Kearny to lose.

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