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RESPONSE TO TERROR | IN BRIEF / NEW YORK

Fire Dept. Memorial May Get a Make-Over

January 18, 2002|Times Wire Services

The New York Fire Department said it will consider other designs for a Sept. 11 memorial after being criticized for its first choice--a statue based on a photograph of three firefighters raising a U.S. flag whose ethnicities were altered.

The property-management company that owns the Fire Department headquarters building in Brooklyn had already commissioned the work inspired by the photograph.

The bronze, 19-foot statue cost $180,000 and was to be erected this spring.

The three men in the photograph are white. The statue depicts firefighters who are black, white and Latino.

Firefighters called the statue political correctness run amok and an attempt to rewrite history.

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