Woody Guthrie Statue
Woody Guthrie was perhaps America's greatest folk balladeer, who wrote "This Land is Your Land" and over a thousand other songs. His hometown, however, remembered him mostly as a socialist who wrote a regular column, "Woody Sez," for The Daily Worker -- the newspaper of the American Communist Party.
It wasn't until 1998, 31 years after his death -- and after everyone who disliked him had also died -- that the town erected a statue in his honor. The Woody Guthrie statue is now a pilgrimage destination, and consequently a beacon of capitalist opportunity for this sleepy town.
One wonders what the old left-winger would have thought of that, and of the town offering to engrave the bricks around his statue for $150 a pop.