(Columbia, SC) – Allen University proudly hosted an unveiling ceremony to reveal a life-sized statue honoring the Honorable James (Jim) Clyburn. The dedication ceremony took place near the Waverly Clyburn Building at the prominent intersection of Pine and Hampton Streets in Columbia.
Dr. Ernest McNealy, President of Allen University, emphasized that the monument stands as a tangible testament to Congressman Clyburn’s unwavering commitment and service in advancing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the collective benefit of society.
Positioned at the crossroads of Pine and Hampton streets, the statue finds its fitting place in a specially designated area adjacent to the Waverly-Clyburn building.
Dr. Ernest McNealey, University President, reiterated the significance of the monument, stating, “This statue serves as a tangible symbol of Congressman Clyburn’s dedication and service in the interest of HBCUs and the greater good.”
Furthermore, McNealey highlighted Congressman Clyburn’s historic role as the first national political leader to wholeheartedly advocate for historically black colleges and universities. Clyburn’s unyielding support has played a pivotal role in securing essential backing for all HBCUs, institutions that continue to offer not only academic opportunities but also profoundly impact lives within their communities. “He is a sterling example for our students and others to emulate,” remarked McNealey.
The unveiling ceremony stands as a testament to Allen University’s commitment to recognizing individuals whose contributions have made a lasting impact on the educational landscape, particularly in the sphere of HBCUs.