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  • Monument Name

    Paul Wellstone Monument, UNC, Chapel Hill

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

  • Creator

    Jill Coleman, Designer

  • City

    Chapel Hill

  • County

    Orange

  • Description

    The memorial features three benches on a brick patio in a landscaped area. Each bench bears a quote from Wellstone that captures his philosophy of public service.

  • Inscription

    Bench reads: "Politics is about the improvement of people's lives. It's about lessening human suffering and it's about advancing the cause of peace and justice."

    A plaque attached to stone marker reads: “PAUL & SHEILA WELLSTONE MEMORIAL GARDEN / “PAUL WELLSTONE BA: 1965 PH.D.: 1969 / POLITICS IS WHAT WE CREATE, BY WHAT WE DO, WHAT WE HOPE FOR, AND WHAT WE DARE TO IMAGINE.”

  • Custodian

    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

  • Dedication Date

    October 12, 2004

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.910540 , -79.049800 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      “Paul Wellstone Memorial Garden,” University of North Carolina Landmarks, (accessed February 2, 2011) Link

      “Paul Wellstone,” Multilingual Archive, (accessed February 2, 2011) Link

      “UNC Honors Wellstone,” Wellstone Action!, (accessed February 2, 2011) Link

      ”Wellstone Memorial Garden To Be Dedicated Tuesday,” Carolina News Services, October 6, 2004, (accessed February 2, 2011) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, stone, and brick

  • Monument Cost

    Dr. Joel Schwartz and Gene Nichol led an effort that raised $20,000 for the memorial.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Speakers included Dr. Joel Schwartz, an adjunct professor of public policy and professor emeritus of political science, and Gene Nichol, dean of UNC's School of Law.

  • Subject Notes

    Paul Wellstone, a UNC alumnus, represented Minnesota in the U.S Senate. Wellstone received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in political science from UNC. A plane crash on October 25, 2002 took the lives of Paul, his wife, Sheila, their daughter, three campaign staffers, and two pilots.

  • Location

    The garden wraps around the right side of Murphey Hall.

  • Landscape

    The garden consists of numerous trees, flowers, and bushes.

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