On May 29, 2019, Governor Kay Ivey signed HB287 into law, which established the Alabama Women’s Tribute Statue Commission. The Commission consists of six members, chaired by State Rep. Laura Hall of Huntsville, Alabama, and has been refining plans for the statues since its formation in 2019. Now in its second year of existence, the Commission is representative of leaders in the arts, civil rights, and disability communities in Alabama.
The Commission will ultimately select the artists for the statues, in consultation with legislators, artists, and representatives from the disability community. $150,000 has been appropriated by the Legislature, and the Commission plans to launch a fundraising effort to cover the difference between appropriations and anticipated costs. The Alabama Historical Commission and the Division of Construction Management of the Department of Finance will ultimately implement the placement of the statues.