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Move over, George: New faces picked for Mount Rushmore

graphic February 17, 1997
Web posted at: 11:30 p.m. EST

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (CNN) -- If you could choose new monumental heads for Mount Rushmore, who'd make your list?

The top choices by applicants to the College of William and Mary are the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., presidents Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy and Mother Teresa.

In the application for admission, people were asked to list the standouts they would like to see on a 20th century version of the national monument.

Other figures mentioned as Mount Rushmore candidates were Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Mohandas Gandhi, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton.

The faces of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt now gaze from Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

William and Mary received 7,135 applications by the January deadline, and took a sample by tallying the essay answers from 410 students who received early admission, said Alison Jesse, associate dean of admissions.

The heads of Mount Rushmore are visible for 60 miles (97 km) and were sculpted between 1927 and 1941.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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