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by Ray Carter Published: July 3, 2013

That old junk in your attic or barn may actually be an irreplaceable piece of Oklahoma history.

This became evident when workers renovating a room at the Oklahoma Capitol recently discovered 11 of 20 original wall sconces from the state Senate chamber in a long-forgotten attic space above the sixth floor.

Media coverage of the discovery included photos of the original Senate chamber, which caused Norman resident Coy Green to realize he had one of the Senate chamber’s original floor lambs stored in his barn. Green bought the lamp at a swap meet approximately 40 years ago for about $25. He’s now donated it to the Senate.

These discoveries will aid efforts to restore the original look of the Oklahoma Senate as well as historic preservation work. The discoveries also prove that one man’s trash is often another man’s treasure — or at least part of state history.

by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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