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Flags, signs and other items left behind in Capitol riot to be preserved as historical artifacts

Added 01-09-21 10:57:02am EST - “Flags, signs and other items left throughout the Capitol by rioters who stormed the building Wednesday will be preserved as historical artifacts in the House and Senate collections and shared with national museums.” - Thehill.com

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Flags, signs and other items left throughout the Capitol by rioters who stormed the building Wednesday will be preserved as historical artifacts in the House and Senate collections and shared with national museums. 

According to The Washington Post, a spokesperson for the Committee on House Administration, which oversees the House curator and Architect of the Capitol, artifacts, including pro-insurrection stickers and flags, as well as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPressure grows on Trump to leave Hillicon Valley: Twitter permanently suspends Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and others | Laptop stolen from Pelosi's office during Capitol riots | Reddit bans r/DonaldTrump forum House chairman: Biden Pentagon pick 'shares my commitment to civilian control of the military' MORE’s (D-Calif.) damaged nameplate, are being collected for preservation as part of an archive on Wednesday’s events. 

The spokesperson told the Post that seven pieces of historically significant art, including a marble statue of Thomas Jefferson and portraits of James Madison and John Quincy Adams, were covered in “corrosive gas agent residue,” and were being sent to the Smithsonian for assessment and restoration. 

“On the West Front, the teams identified graffiti on the building near the Inaugural Stands and two broken Olmsted light fixtures,” said a spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol in an email. “Statues, murals, historic benches and original shutters all suffered varying degrees of damage – primarily from pepper spray accretions and residue from tear gas and fire extinguishers – that will require cleaning and conservation.”

Frank Blazich, a curator from the National Museum of American History, also collected signs and other items left at the scene of the chaos, including a sign that read, “Off with their heads: Stop the steal.”

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