The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be memorialized with a statue set to be built in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was born in 1933.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Saturday that he will appoint a commission to select the artist and location for the sculpture of the justice, who died Friday at the age of 87. The cause, the Supreme Court stated, was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
“While the family of New York mourns Justice Ginsburg’s death, we remember proudly that she started her incredible journey right here in Brooklyn,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Her legacy will live on in the progress she created for our society, and this statue will serve as a physical reminder of her many contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for those who will continue to build on her immense body of work for generations to come.”
Ginsburg became the second woman to hold a seat on the Supreme Court in 1993, where she served for 27 years. A legal advocate for women’s rights and a vocal dissenter, Ginsburg’s star rose to the level of cultural icon in her 80s — earning the Nortorious R.B.G. moniker in 2013 and becoming the subject of films, books and pop culture references.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg selflessly pursued truth and justice in a world of division, giving voice to the voiceless and uplifting those who were pushed aside by forces of hate and indifference,” Cuomo stated. “As a lawyer, jurist and professor, she redefined gender equity and civil rights and ensured America lived up to her founding ideals — she was a monumental figure of equality, and we can all agree that she deserves a monument in her honor.”
On Saturday, landmarks across the state were lit blue in tribute to the late justice. The lights aimed to celebrate the “extraordinary legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her precedent-shattering contributions to gender equity, civil rights and jurisprudence,” Cuomo said in a separate announcement.