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Woody Guthrie Statue

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Okemah, Oklahoma

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.

Woody Guthrie Statue

Broadway, Okemah, OK
I-40 exit 221. Downtown, on the south side of Broadway between 3rd and 4th Streets.
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