Jefferson Davis Receives a Waxing

By: ralphbarrera

Sep 21 2010

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Category: Photojournalism

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Aperture:f/6.3
Focal Length:125mm
ISO:200
Shutter:1/800 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

Texas State Preservation Board worker Bill WIlson tickles the nose of Jefferson Davis, who sits atop the Confederate Soldiers monument, as he uses a blow torch to melt the wax he is applying to seal and waterproof the statue on the Capitol grounds in a once a year process. He and co-worker Audey Friar are working with others on maintenance of the 22 monuments on the Capitol grounds. The Confederate Soldiers monument was erected beginning in 1903 by surviving comrades. Five bronze figures on a gray granite base represent the Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, and Navy, headed by the Confederate president, Jefferson Davis. Etched in the base are the 13 states which withdrew from the Union and formed the Southern Confederacy, as well as the battles fought between 1861 and 1865. The bronze figures were executed by Pompeo Coppini and the monument was erected by Frank Teich.

Photo by Ralph Barrera

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