[percy-l] Walker Percy Memorial coming to life through efforts of St. Tammany Parish Library Foundation

Henry Mills wppdirector at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 21:29:49 EDT 2015

Dear Percy-L Community:

Below, I hope you might enjoy these excerpts from a recent article in 
the /New Orleans Times-Picayune/ about the Walker Percy Memorial, soon 
to be unveiled at a new library in St. Tammany Parish, La.  A photograph 
is included in the article of the bronze statue in progress of Percy 
that will be located in the garden (see link below).

The opening of the "Walker Percy Serenity Circle" garden through the 
extended efforts of the St. Tammany Parish Library Foundation is most 
appropriate for 2016 given that the year marks the centennial of Percy's 


Henry Mills
Percy-L Administrator
Director, The Walker Percy Project


*Walker Percy Memorial coming to life*

"Bill Binnings is finishing his clay cast for a statue of author and 
Covington resident Walker Percy. Binnings's bronze statue of Walker 
Percy will grace the yard outside the new Madisonville library. The 
statue depicts Walker sitting on a bench with his little Welsh corgi, 
Sweet Thing, with room for someone to sit down with him. (Photo by Julia 
Kumari Drapkin, Nola.com | /The Times-Picayune/, Tuesday, May 27, 2014)

"The St. Tammany Library Foundation is closer to their dream of 
memorializing one of the most prominent American writers of the 20th 
century who was also a St. Tammany resident, Walker Percy...

"The library organization recently completed phase one of the Walker 
Percy Serenity Circle at the Madisonville Branch library on Mabel Drive 
and phase two is on its way...

"President of the organization, Ann Shaw said the serenity circle 
honoring Percy is the vision of the organization's past president, Dr. 
Argiro Morgan and supported by board members...

"Benches have already been installed and the first set of pavers has 
been laid down.  Plans are underway to add additional pavers, 
landscaping, signage and a life-sized bronze sculpture of Walker Percy 
and his faithful dog, Sweet Thing, which is being created by Bill 
Binnings of Waldheim...The sculpture will be in place by the ribbon 
cutting set for February 2016.

"Shaw said the public and local businesses are invited to purchase 
pavers ranging in price from $125 to $250. To purchase a paver or to 
become a member of the foundation, contact smjonesmyers at charter.net.  To 
learn more about the foundation, you can go to their website at 

The full /Times-Picayune /article is located at: 

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