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Title: New face on Capitol Hill / presented by Georgia Marble Company
Date: 1961
Description: New Face on Capitol Hill is a fifteen-minute industrial film from 1961 that exhibits the labor and craftsmanship of Georgia Marble Company employees as they quarry, finish and carve Georgia marble for the reconstruction of east façade of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The film begins with a sequence of some of marble structures inside the nation's capital, including: the Washington Monument; the National Gallery of Art; the Lincoln Memorial; the statue Abraham Lincoln, seated inside the Lincoln Memorial; the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; and the Jefferson Memorial. These images exhibit the beauty and omnipresence of marble memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C. Following this sequence, Sam Rayburn, the Speaker of the House and chairman of the Commission for the Extension of the U.S. Capitol, is shown standing outside the east entrance of the Capitol. Next, the film features the U.S. Capitol Building under construction with the east faéade removed. The film then moves to a segment of scenes that take place at the Georgia Marble Company in Pickens County, Georgia. This segment follows the quarrying and finishing of one of the twenty-four massive new Georgia marble columns for the Capitol. This sequence contains images of stone cutters and stone carvers operating marble operation machinery and tools at the Georgia Marble Company in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The marble quarrying facility footage includes images of a quarry, a channeling machine and a derrick boom. The next sequence of film details the completion of the Capitol columns at the Georgia Marble Company’s finishing facility in Pickens County, Georgia. This footage includes images of the column being shaped by several machines, including a wire saw, a carborundum wheel, and a turning lathe. Additionally, the film contains footage of the highly-developed craftsmanship of the stone carvers as they replicate in marble some of the original sandstone carvings from the U. S. Capitol with air-powered chisels at the Georgia Marble Company in Pickens County as well as the Capitol grounds, where the stone carvers worked on-site. The film also contains footage of the celebration ceremony held for the placement of the first column at the Capitol, and is followed by footage of the setting of the remaining columns. Individuals identified in this segment include the Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, U.S. Representative Phil Landrum from the 9th District of Georgia, and Architect of the Capitol J. George Stewart. The reconstruction of the east side of the Capitol Building was finished just prior to President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration; the film contains footage and audio of the event. Finally, the film closes with images of the new marble exterior and sculptures on the east faéade of the Capitol.

Beauty in Stone is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia in association with the Pickens County Library of the Sequoyah Regional Library System, the Marble Valley Historical Society, and the Georgia Archives as part of Georgia HomePLACE. This project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Subjects: Marble--Georgia | Georgia Marble Company--Georgia--Pickens County | Georgia Marble Company--Employees | Georgia Marble Company--History | Stone-cutters--Georgia--Pickens County | Stone carvers--Georgia--Pickens County | Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963--Inauguration, 1961 | Presidents--United States--Inauguration | Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 | Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961 | Stewart, J. George | Landrum, Phil M., 1907-1990 | Legislators--United States | Stone-cutting tools--Georgia--Pickens County | Georgia Marble Company--Equipment and supplies | Marble industry and trade--Equipment and supplies | Quarries and quarrying--Equipment and supplies | Georgia Marble Company--Machinery | Marble industry and trade--Machinery | Quarries and quarrying--Machinery | Crushing machinery--Georgia--Pickens County | Hoisting machinery--Georgia--Pickens County | Cutting machines--Georgia--Pickens County | Saws--Georgia--Pickens County | Surface preparation | Grinding and polishing | Machinery in the workplace--Georgia--Pickens County | Marble industry and trade--Georgia--Pickens County | Quarries and quarrying--Georgia--Pickens County | Stone carving--Georgia--Pickens County | Stone carving--Washington (D.C.) | Capitols--Conservation and restoration | Memorials--Washington (D.C.) | Monuments--Washington (D.C.) | United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.) | Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.) | National Gallery of Art (U.S.) | Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.) | Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Monuments | Tomb of the Unknowns (Va.) | Jefferson Memorial (Washington, D.C.) | Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826--Monuments | Industrial films--Georgia--Pickens County | Pickens County (Ga.) | Tate (Ga.) | Nelson (Ga.) | Marblehill (Ga.) | Washington (D.C.) | Moving images
Contributors: Georgia Marble Company | Vandeventer, Jerry | Marble Valley Historical Society (Jasper, Ga.) | Digital Library of Georgia | Georgia. Dept. of Archives and History | Pickens County Library (Jasper, Ga.)
Online publisher: Athens Ga. : Digital Library of Georgia, 2006.
Original material: 1 film (13 min., 37 sec.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm.
From the Georgia Dept. of Industry and Trade. Tourist Division. Promotional films on Georgia industry. RG 28-4-6, Georgia Archives.
Rights: Cite as: [title of film], Georgia Dept. of Industry and Trade. Tourist Division. Promotional films on Georgia industry. RG 28-4-6, Georgia Archives, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.

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