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Here is something worth remembering in today’s climate of tearing down no-longer-honorific statues.

On August 21, 1770, the British government erected a 4,000-pound gilded lead equestrian statue of King George III in Bowling Green; the King was dressed in Roman garb in the style of the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius.

On July 9, 1776, after the Declaration of Independence was read to George Washington’s troops at the current site of City Hall, local Sons of Liberty rushed down Broadway to Bowling Green to topple this very same statue King George.

— C. J. Kingsley