Monday, August 31, 2020
U.S. News & World Report, Statues Of Jefferson, Franklin Removed From Washburn Campus:
Statues of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin have been removed from the Washburn University campus after protests against racial injustice elsewhere led to statues honoring slaveholders being vandalized, pulled down or moved, the school said Thursday.
The two bronze statues that had stood outside the university's law school in Topeka for two decades were removed in July after Washburn President Jerry Farley discussed the concerns with the family of the donor, who has since died, school spokesman Patrick Early said. ...
Some Washburn students have questioned the propriety of the statutes but the decision to remove them from campus was not in response to a protest or request from students, Early said. “It was the donor's decision to have the statues returned," he said. “They didn't want the statues to become a source of embarrassment so they asked that they be returned."
Washburn University Art on Campus:
A life-sized bronze likeness of Thomas Jefferson was installed in May 2002 south of the School of Law. Donated by Gerald and Shannon Michaud and crafted by George Lundeen.
A life-sized bronze likeness of Benjamin Franklin was installed in 2000 at the north entrance of the School of Law. Donated by Gerald and Shannon Michaud and crafted by George Lundeen.