After the farmer, the miner, the shop man, the factory
hand, the fireman and the teamster,
Have all been remembered with bronze memorials,
Shaping them on the job of getting all of us
Something to eat and something to wear...
Excerpted from “Ready To Kill,” Carl Sandburg’s poem about who should be memorialized in our statues; hear Elise Bryant read the whole poem here.
photo: American labor unionist, civil rights activist, and socialist politician A. Philip Randolph. You can find a bust of him in Union Station next to the Starbucks.