Paul Wellstone Garden, UNC, Chapel Hill
The memorial garden 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.
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.”
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
October 12, 2004
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Bronze, stone, and brick
Dr. Joel Schwartz and Gene Nichol led an effort that raised $20,000 for the memorial.
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.
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. While he was a student at UNC, the 5-foot-5-inch Wellstone won the 1964 ACC championship for the 126-pound weight class in wrestling and was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2000.
A plane crash on October 25, 2002 took the lives of Paul, his wife, Sheila, their daughter, three campaign staffers, and two pilots.
Jill Coleman, UNC's first in-house landscape architect, was responsible for designing the memorial along with Tom Sudderth, the University's landscape supervisor.
The garden wraps around the right side of Murphey Hall on the UNC campus, Chapel Hill, NC.
The garden consists of numerous trees, flowers, and bushes.