Stone carver's family fights to honor his lead role in realizing Mount Rushmore sculptor's vision

Dec 02, 2014 615

Founding Father George Washington's noble visage — and wig. Thomas Jefferson's vision of expansion — and an invisible cracked lip. Abraham Lincoln's focus on preserving the Union. Theodore Roosevelt's target of national unification — and individual ruggedness.

The life expressed in the granite faces at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota is at least in part the creation of little-­known Italian immigrant stone carver Luigi Del Bianco.

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