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Portrait Carving Unveiling
Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

At the New York State Capitol

On August 21, 2023, New York State unveiled the permanent portrait carving of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Capitol’s Great Western Staircase. It’s the first new portrait added since the staircase’s completion in 1898. Justice Ginsburg, a Brooklyn native, is just the seventh woman depicted in the staircase gallery and the first person of Jewish descent.

Plan a visit to view the portrait carving: the New York State Capitol is open to the public Monday-Friday, with free public tours offered at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm.
Portrait Carving of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the New York State Capitol
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