FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A replica of the Statue of Liberty that stood outside Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville has been removed from the National Register of Historic Places after being moved when the hospital opened a new facility.
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program spokesman Mark Christ told the Northwest Arkansas Times (http://bit.ly/xWn8kg ) that the hospital didn’t follow National Park Service procedures for moving a registered item. Christ said the statue will be considered for re-nomination in April.
The statue had been at the previous site since 1951 when it was donated by the Boy Scouts of America. It stands about eight-and-a-half-feet tall and weighs 290 pounds.
Hospital spokeswoman Gina Maddox said the statue is an "integral" part of the hospital campus and that it was important to take it to the new facility.