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Churchill's Iron Curtain speech depicted in new sculpture

Churchill's Iron Curtain speech depicted in new sculpture

May 16th, 2011 in News

St. Louis sculptor Don Wiegand speaks to about 250 Missourians gathered Friday for the dedication of his sculpture near the entrance to the National Churchill Museum in Fulton. The bas relief depicts the exact moment in Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" address in Westminster College in Fulton 65 years ago on March 5, 1946, when Churchill raised his arm and lowered it as he uttered the phrase "an iron curtain has descended across the Continent."

Photo by Don Norfleet

Towering 13 feet, a new sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill now welcomes visitors to the entrance of the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton.

The 800-pound bas relief sculpture in the plaza outside the museum was unveiled Friday to more than 250 Missourians gathered for the dedication. It was 65 years after Churchill came to Westminster to deliver his famed "Sinews of Peace" address when he warned of the worldwide communist threat posed by the Soviet Union.