The bronze Humphrey has a finger extended, as if midway through making a point. The expression on the statute’s face is friendly, belying Humphrey’s history of delivering fiery speeches.
His most important one might have been in 1948, to the Democratic National Convention, when Humphrey was mayor of Minneapolis.
“There are those who say — my friends — to those who say we are rushing this issue of civil rights,” he said at the time. “I say we are 172 years late.”