Wisconsin Indian-Americans Donate Gandhi Statue to Courthouse

January 8, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On January 8, 2002, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the man who preached non-violence and helped bring independence to India, will be placed in the gardens of the Milwaukee County Courthouse in Wisconsin. The statue, "a replica of the Gandhi statue in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C., is being donated by the Wisconsin Coalition of Asian Indian Organizations. The group is raising $50,000 to pay for and maintain the statue. County Board members recently accepted the donation of the statue... According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Asian Indian population in Milwaukee rose 49% over the last decade, to 2,313 from 1,551. In Wisconsin it was 83.2%, to 12,665 from 6,914."