Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

State of Iowa Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Statue

Innovator. Farmer. Humanitarian. Iowan. Cementing the Father of the ‘Green Revolution’ into state, national, and global history at the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, native of Cresco, IA, is one of only three Americans ever to receive the trifecta of humanitarian awards. He joins Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Elie Wiesel in winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the only American to hold that trifecta of honors and also the National Medal of Science.

To celebrate his life’s work and impact on global hunger during the 100-year anniversary of his birth, the State of Iowa commissioned a 7-ft. bronze statue of Dr. Borlaug to be displayed in the National Statuary Hall Collection. The statue was unveiled at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on March 25, 2014.

Watch the Statue Dedication Ceremony

 
Iowa Public Television created a documentary that follows this artistic and agricultural journey from the cornfields of Iowa to the marble halls of Congress, featuring artist Benjamin Victor as he crafts the statue. Norman Borlaug: Journey to Statuary Hall will air Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 25 at 8:30 p.m. on Iowa Public Television and will be available at Iptv.org.