City Council, Library & Cultural Foundation Dedicated Statutes to Celebrate Diversity

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | December 31, 2018
The City of Clarksburg is celebrating diversity with the unveiling of two new statues, located in front of the Harrison-Clarksburg Public Library and the Second Street island. Not only do the statues add beauty to Clarksburg but they carry an incredible meaning for the city.
“Our community has been diverse for over 150 years. People from different backgrounds have lived, worked and came here, and it is important to show that Clarksburg is a diverse community and everyone has different talents, said Phil Wyatt who serves as President of the Cultural Foun-dation of Harrison County.
The statue called "Four Children at the Library" was privately funded through generous donations from local organizations and private citizens.
Clarksburg resident Jeanie Hardesty expressed,”I am so delighted to have these beautiful sculptures added to our library campus and our downtown cultural district.” Hardesty is a longtime member of the Libary Board and is a former member of the Harrison County Board of Education.
“The city council recognizes the investment in public art which has intangible benefits of aesthetic beauty, cultural interpretation, education, inspiration, and general improvement of the area,” said Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe.
The second diversity statue, "Two Children Jumping Rope", is located on the Second Street island in front of the United Methodist Church. This project was fully funded by the City of Clarksburg. Clarksburg Mayor Cathy Goings, explained that "The city council is always looking for projects to enhance the downtown area so when visitors come to Clarksburg it is pleasing to the eye”.
Donors for the statue of "Four Children at the Library" include Clarksburg Uptown, Daniel & Meredith Rogers, Jim & Kim Denny, Stephen & Mary McCoy, The Cultural Foundation of Harrison County, Bob & Becky Steptoe, Phil & Renee Wyatt, MVB Bank, James Swiger/WYK, Ben & Jeanie Hardesty, First Energy, and the Clarksburg Kiwanis Club.

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