In 2015, the Women’s Fund advisory board raised funds to replace the original mural because the weather exposure had drastically faded its original beauty. And now again, the earth’s elements have lessened its luster and The Women’s Fund has taken up the task of raising the funds necessary to preserve a piece of history and make it new again.
The group recently learned that one of the photos thought to be of Wisconsin’s first woman lawyer, Lavinia Goodell, is not Goodell and is raising funds to replace the incorrect image. The artist who created the mural has agreed to repaint the face of Goodell so that the new mural will be accurate.
In addition, there is also a plaque inside the Courthouse just outside the Jury Assembly Room recognizing Goodell that was installed March 2000. The incorrect image was also used on this plaque and this fundraising effort will also pay to install a
replacement plaque with the correct image.
The Women’s Fund goal for this campaign is to raise $10,000 to cover the cost to replace the mural, plaque and establish an endowment fund to provide for ongoing maintenance of the mural. Every gift is a tax-deductible contribution to the Women’s History Mural Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.
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