New York to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg with statue in hometown

New York to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg with statue in hometown
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: Mourners place flowers, messages, and mementos at a makeshift memorial in honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in front of the US Supreme Court on September 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Justice Ginsburg has died at age 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be honored with a statue in her hometown of Brooklyn.

Ginsburg, who was born in the New York borough in 1933, died Friday. She had overcome several cancer diagnoses over the years.

“We remember proudly that she started her incredible journey right here in Brooklyn,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. “Her legacy will live on in the progress she created for our society, and this statue will serve as a physical reminder of her many contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for those who will continue to build on her immense body of work for generations to come.”

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A committee will be put together to select an artist to create the sculpture and recommend a location for it.

“As a lawyer, jurist, and professor, she redefined gender equity and civil rights and ensured America lived up to her founding ideals — she was a monumental figure of equality, and we can all agree that she deserves a monument in her honor,” Cuomo said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also said the city would begin planning a memorial to her as well.