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Statue enshrines Churchill's 'Iron Curtain' speech in Missouri

Thursday, May 12, 2011 | 9:28 p.m. CDT

FULTON — A new statue capturing the moment Sir Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946 is being unveiled at a mid-Missouri college campus.

Churchill was in between terms as Britain's prime minister when he came to Westminster College in Fulton seven months after the end of World War II. He delivered one of modern history's most famous speeches, declaring that much of Europe had been placed behind an "Iron Curtain" of Soviet rule.

An 800-pound 13-foot bas relief sculpture of Churchill speaking will be dedicated Friday morning at the entrance to the National Churchill Museum on the Westminster campus.

Speakers will include Churchill's granddaughter Edwina Sandys, who created another sculpture on campus from a piece of the Berlin Wall. Also speaking will be Don Wiegand of St. Louis, creator of the new sculpture.

 


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