Sculpture dedicated

A life-size sculpture of writer Eudora Welty, commissioned by two Millsaps College alumni and created by an alumnus, was unveiled and dedicated recently at the college. Given in honor of Dr. Suzanne Marrs, emerita professor of English at Millsaps and a noted Welty scholar, the sculpture depicts Welty seated on a bench holding a copy of “The Optimist’s Daughter,” the 1973 novel for which she won a Pulitzer Prize. Tim and Jean Medley, both of whom attended Millsaps and are longtime supporters of the college, funded the sculpture that is located on campus in the Nicholson Garden on the north side of the Christian Center. The Medleys commissioned Ben Watts, a 1980 graduate of Millsaps who created the John Wesley sculpture that overlooks the Bowl, to produce the Welty sculpture. Speaking during the dedication, Mary Alice Welty White, a niece of Welty, said Marrs has played an important role in preserving the legacy of Welty. Shown at the dedication are (from left) Watts, the Medleys, Marrs, and Dr. Rob Pearigen.

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