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Statue of John Wesley

Millsaps Classes of 1964, 1965 and 1966 Raise Funds for John Wesley Statue on Campus

Wesley StatueA bronze statue of John Wesley, founder of Methodism, stands on the Millsaps campus thanks to members of the Classes of 1964, 1965 and 1966. These classes raised funds for the statue, and artist Ben Watts, Class of 1980, crafted the final product.

Class members Lee McCormick (1966), Ward VanSkiver (1965), and Kay Barksdale (1964), headed the campaign to raise funds for the statue. The idea came from McCormick, who saw the statue of Gandhi, located near Sullivan Harrell Hall, and thought it only fitting that a statue of John Wesley also be placed on the campus. The Gandhi statue was a gift from the India Association of Mississippi, so McCormick suggested that alumni from the mid-sixties raise the funds for a Wesley statue.

In addition to the three alumni classes, Millsaps Methodists were also invited to contribute to the sculpture.

Religious Studies professor Dr. Darby Ray articulated the spirit of John Wesley in a welcome speech to visiting high school students, which shows how Millsaps embraces the Wesleyan spirit.