Murtha’s passion for history saved the Cyclorama painting.
Late lawmaker secured $16 million in Congressional funds to restore timeworn painting.
Published: Monday, February 8, 2010 6:38 PM EST
The late John Murtha will be remembered across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Vietnam war veteran, an outspoken critic of the Iraq War, and a lawmaker that often brought home “pork” to his constituency.
Here, he’ll forever be known as the man that secured $16 million in federal dollars to restore the Cyclorama painting at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Murtha died Tuesday at 77-years-old.
Over a nine year period from 2000-09, the Johnstown area legislator earmarked chunks of funding in the Congressional budget, to conserve the Civil War era artwork — even though he did not represent this area in Washington.
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