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Refurbished Capitol dome: Historic symbol of unity towers over worried nation

Refurbished Capitol dome: Historic symbol of unity towers over worried nation

The Washington Post - By Michael E. Ruane and

On Aug. 4, 1874, a painter and rigger named Albert Ports lost his balance and tumbled several stories down the Capitol dome from one level to another, miraculously breaking only a wrist. In 1891, back on the job, Ports perched on wooden scaffolding to paint the base of the dome’s Statue of Freedom, …

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