John Tarleton bronze to be unveiled Monday

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Tarleton State University

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—A ceremony to unveil a 10-foot bronze sculpture of Tarleton State University’s legendary founder is set for 8 p.m. Monday, July 27, at Alumni Island on Military Drive.

John Tarleton, an Erath County pioneer and businessman, bequeathed nearly $100,000 following his death in 1895 to establish the university that bears his name. His dream was to create an institution of higher education for students of modest means.

The statue is the creation of by Kenneth Wyatt, a 1946 Tarleton graduate and world-renowned artist known as the Norman Rockwell of Western Art.

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.


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