Mathews native Captain Sally Tompkins is being honored as one of only a dozen Virginia women who will have bronze statues of their likenesses installed as part of the Virginia Women’s Monument on Capitol Square in Richmond.
The only problem is that the project is due for completion in October, and there’s not enough money yet to pay the $200,000 cost of her statue.
The Mathews County Historical Society encourages those with an interest in the statue to donate. The project is sponsored by the Virginia Capitol Foundation, a private-sector nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the educational, cultural and economic potential of Capitol Square.
Historical society spokesman Reed Lawson said the historical society can’t donate funds to another 501(c)(3)
nonprofit, but that individual members and other local residents are supporting it to the extent that they can.
Half of the funding needed for the statue has been donated.
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