These statues were placed there by each state. By authority of Congress resolution it was decided that one statue from each state should be placed in Statuary Hall. The others would be given prominent locations in designated areas and corridors of the Capitol. The first statue was placed in 1870. By 1971 all 50 states had contributed at least one statue, and by 1990 all but five states had contributed two statues. These statues are NOT the same as the ones that were put up in the early 20th century in a prominent place in a southern city to intimidate. These may be confederate but it’s history, not intimidation. Totally different.