WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A statue of Amelia Earhart, the most famous woman in aviation and in Kansas history, was dedicated Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol Statuary Hall. The statue will join Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Courtesy: Kansas Office of the Governor

Earhart was one of the world’s most celebrated aviators and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Born and raised in Atchison, Earhart received her pilot license in 1923 and subsequently championed the advancement of women in aviation. She was declared lost at sea when she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. 

Congressional leaders from Kansas attended the dedication along with Governor Laura Kelly. They talked about the importance of Earhart to the state.

“So it is fitting today that we are dedicating a statue in honor of one of the most notable of our pioneering women. Let it be an inspiration for all, particularly our young girls, for generations to come. Let them stare up at this work of art and think that they, like Amelia, can dream the impossible dream,” Gov. Kelly said.

“With Dwight D. Eisenhower and now Amelia Earhart, Kansas officially has two of the most iconic and recognizable American heroes representing any state in the United States Capitol,” Senator Jerry Moran said.

To watch Sen. Moran’s full speech, click here.

The National Statuary Hall Collection consists of 100 statues – two contributed by each state. The statues are placed throughout the U.S. Capitol. Earhart will be the 10th woman represented in the statues.

Earhart will replace the John James Ingalls statue, which was given to the collection back in 1905.