Paul Wellstone Monument
UNC, Chapel Hill
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.
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."
Dedication date: 10/12/2004
Creator: Jill Coleman, Designer
Materials & Techniques: Bronze, stone, and brick
Cost: Dr. Joel Schwartz and Gene Nichol led an effort that raised $20,000 for the memorial.
Unveiling & Dedication: 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.
City: Chapel Hill
Subjects: Historic Political Figures