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New sculpture commemorates the life of David Kearney McDonogh 1844

Art students working with Jim Toia, director of the art department’s Community-Based Teaching program, have been studying “Transcendence,” a new sculpture on the north side of Skillman Library which commemorates the life of David Kearney McDonogh 1844.

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McDonogh, the College’s first black graduate, was a slave in Louisiana before he was sent by his owner to Lafayette in 1838. The sculpture, which stands about 16 feet tall and was constructed from 4 tons of steel, was made by internationally-renowned sculptor Melvin Edwards.

  • Sculpture Honoring David McDonogh 1844 Dedicated Sept. 27
  • The McDonogh Report celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the Lafayette community
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