As it did for the nearby relic from the old Capitol, the society has designed a commemorative plaque, with an image of the Annex and a few descriptive words, that will be placed beside it. It includes the year of the installation.
"When I first had the plaque made up, it said 2011," said Russ Young, head of the society's plaques and monuments committee. "Then it was 2012." He met again recently with folks from Curry Brothers Monuments of Alum Creek to check on the plaque.
"When I got ready to sign off on it I said, 'Oh, we need to get it changed to 2013."
Getting the stone relic from the East End to downtown was no easy task, either, Young said. "It's not something where you can get three men and pick it up."
That's where George's brother, Andrew, owner of Pritchard Mining, pitched in. He donated heavy equipment and some laborers -- the father and son team of Allen and Dewaine Parsons.
They backed the boom truck close to the relic's new home -- a concrete pad in the center of a raised circular planting bed. With the crane, they ever so carefully lifted the piece from the back of the truck, set in on the sidewalk, flipped it over and raised it into place.
"It's so heavy, it's sucking the battery down on this vehicle," Allen Parsons said, so he hooked up booster cables to a pickup truck. "That thing weighs about 4 1/2 tons."
As he and others brushed dirt off what had been the stone's base for the past 40-plus years, Parsons found a rectangular slot in the center.
"This is the lift eye," he said. "Apparently they made a bunch of these. That's what they would have used to [as an attachment point] to move them around and set them."
George Jordon said he's not sure how his father acquired the capital. "He had a story for everything." But when folks from the historical society came calling, he and brother Andrew were glad to give it away, he said.
"Mr. Battle, he knew the significance of it. He wanted it. Nobody could see it when it was in the alley.
"The man who lives there now is a little upset. He lost his grill base."
Reach Jim Balow at ba...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.