Joseph Vaughn Statue Unveiling
On April 16, 2021, Furman unveiled the Joseph Vaughn statue in front of the Duke Library on the new Joseph Vaughn Plaza. Read the news release.
- Opening and Closing Musical Selections – Greenville Baha’i Community Drummers
- Welcome – Elizabeth Davis, President
- Remarks – Ed Good ’67, Chair, Board of Trustees
- Student Reflections – Qwameek Bethea ’21, President, Furman NAACP Chapter
- Remembering Joseph Vaughn – Marcus Tate, Vaughn Family Member
- Closing Remarks – Michael Jennings, Chief Diversity Officer
Watch the Ceremony Livestream
Statue Unveiling Videos
Joseph Allen Vaughn
Read the biography of Furman's first Black student.
The bronze statue honors the historic courage of Joseph Vaughn.
Sculptor Steven Whyte was commissioned to create a statue of Joseph Vaughn ’68, Furman’s first African American undergraduate student.
Joseph Vaughn Plaza establishes a place for reflection and celebration of those who helped to make the university a more equitable and inclusive place.