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Tommy Statue, UNC (Pembroke). Photo courtesy of Waymarking.com
 
Tommy Statue
UNC (Pembroke)
View complete article and references at Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina at: https://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/monument/445
 
Description: The statue depicts "Tommy", the mascot of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Tommy is a bronze hawk, 22-inches tall with a 57-inch wingspan weighing 150 pounds. The bird, with its wings outstretched as if just landing, is perched atop a large, natural granite boulder. A small bronze plaque with the inscribed dedication is mounted on the front of the boulder.
Images: Inscription
Nickname: Tommy Hawk
 
Inscription:
"Tommy" / The Red-tail Hawk is a gift from the Class of 1999. / This tribute honors the spirit of UNCP Braves. / Seek the hawk within yourself / Dedicated: February 10, 1999 / Artist: Paul Van Zandt
 
Dedication date: 2/10/1999
 
Creator: Paul Van Zandt,
 
Materials & Techniques: Bronze statue, granite base
 
Sponsor: Native American Design Services
 
Post dedication use: In recent years, the monument has been used as a good luck charm.
 
Subject notes: The statue is meant to resemble the red-tailed hawk, a bird indigenous to Robeson County. The hawk statue was a gift from the UNC-Pembroke Class of 1999. Students and visitors are encouraged to rub the rock for good luck.
The sculptor, Paul Van Zandt, is a retired emeritus professor of sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

 
Controversies: The mascot was originally named "Tommy Hawk". However, in 2012, in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the University, an effort was begun to give the mascot a new and more culturally sensitive name.
 
Location: The sculpture is located in front of the James B. Chavis University Center off Faculty Row.
 
Landscape: The sculpture sits in the grass quad area between campus buildings. A paved walkway leads to the boulder which is surrounded by seasonal plantings.
 
City: Pembroke
 
County: Robeson
 
Subjects: Animal Monuments,Educational Institutions,Mascots
 

Latitude: 
34.6887
Longitude: 
-79.20078
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