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 Vaughn Statue Unveiling

Joseph Vaughn Statue

Video Reflections

Before the Joseph Vaughn statue was installed, we asked several people what having the statue on campus means to them …

Michael Jennings

Marcus Tate

Lillian Brock Flemming ’71

Harry Shucker ’66

Cherie Maiden

Chandra Dillard

Alyssa Smith ’20

Joseph Allen Vaughn

Read the biography of Furman's first Black student.

Meet Joseph Vaughn

The Statue

The bronze statue honors the historic courage of Joseph Vaughn.

Read about the statue

The Sculptor

Sculptor Steven Whyte was commissioned to create a statue of Joseph Vaughn ’68, Furman’s first African American undergraduate student.

Meet the sculptor

The Plaza

Joseph Vaughn Plaza establishes a place for reflection and celebration of those who helped to make the university a more equitable and inclusive place.

See the Plaza