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Statue of Dr. Luns C. Richardson Unveiled at Morris College
Sumter, S.C. (April, 2021) – On Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m., the Morris College Board of Trustees unveiled a life-size standing bronze sculpture in honor and memory of Morris College’s late and legendary president, Dr. Luns C. Richardson. The ceremony took place in front of the Solomon B. Jackson, Jr. Administration Building and was live-streamed through Facebook.
“[Dr. Richardson] was not an elected leader, but he was a called leader,” said Dr. Donald E. Greene, Baptist E&M Convention of SC, president. “When you are called, you can only be called from labor to reward,” continued Dr. Greene. Dr. Richardson’s monument will serve as a reflection of the lifelong service and gratitude to Morris College and the Sumter, SC. community.
As noted in Dr. Richardson’s biography, Dr. Richardson began his tenure as the college’s ninth president on July 1, 1974 and he retired on June 30, 2017 after 43 years of service and leadership. Dr. Richardson was also a Hartsville native where he graduated from the Butler High School Class of 1945 as the class Valedictorian. Having claimed the distinction of being South Carolina’s longest serving college or university president, he led the college in its initial accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1978 and membership in the College Fund and United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in 1982. These two milestones launched the college into an era of remarkable growth and development.
The sculpture was done by Certified Palmetto Bug Casting, LLC of Camden, SC, where Maria J. Kirby-Smith is a managing member.
For additional information on statue unveiling, see earlier release.
About Morris College
Morris College is a historically black, coeducational, liberal arts college, founded by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina in 1908. The college is committed to promoting the intellectual and personal development of every one of its students. The mission of Morris College is to produce graduates who can pursue useful and productive careers and in so doing enhance their own lives and the society in which they take their places. That mission is being successfully implemented by the thousands of Morris College graduates throughout the nation who are continually making significant contributions.