Former president Trump’s plan to create a National Garden of American Heroes has been cancelled by the Biden Administration. It would have created an open-air space with statues of a wide variety of Americans, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Trump created the garden by executive order, and President Biden completely cancelled it Friday with another executive order. No reason was given.
Original article from January 18, 2021
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is one of hundreds of people who’ll have a statue in the National Garden of American Heroes that President Trump ordered be created.
The list includes a wide variety of men and women from history, including politicians, generals, explorers, inventors, writers, actors and more.
Trump’s executive order calls them historically significant Americans. That means that are “an individual who made substantive contributions to America’s public life or otherwise had a substantive effect on America’s history.”
Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976 in a garage. They hand-built the Apple-1, and later created the Apple II together. The Mac followed years later, helping to popularize the home computer. The iPhone started the smartphone craze, and the iPad made tablets into everyday computers. Jobs passed away in 2011.
More entries on the National Garden of American Heroes
The outgoing President created a task force in 2020 to name the people who’d be included in the National Garden of American Heroes. Aside from Steve Jobs, others being honored include Neil Armstrong, Daniel Boone, Walt Disney, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Charlton Heston, Chief Joseph, Annie Oakley, Jesse Owens, Rosa Parks, Shirley Temple, Nikola Tesla, Alex Trebek, George Washington and John Wayne. Everyone on the list has passed away.
Trump believes the statue garden is necessary because, “the greatness and goodness of America has come under attack in recent months and years by a dangerous anti-American extremism that seeks to dismantle our country’s history, institutions, and very identity.”
It’s up to President Biden’s Secretary of the Interior to provide funding and pick a location for the National Garden of American Heroes.
Source: White House