The Thomas Jefferson Building: A Virtual Tour of the Library of Congress

The Members of Congress Room
Violet Ceiling Panel - Light of State

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The violet or fourth color of the spectrum, located closest to the south fireplace, is symbolized as the Light of State, specifically the United States. In the artist's conception, the United States is represented by the color violet, which results from the union of the American colors of red, white, and blue. The figure in the panel's center, located closest to the south fireplace, is Columbia, carrying a staff surmounted with a liberty cap, holding a shield of the United States flag, and with an eagle above her shoulder. The cherubs in the Violet panel symbolize Suffrage, Justice, Liberty, and Equality.

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