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The City of Clarksburg is celebrating diversity with the unveiling of two (2) 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”, private donor and President of the Cultural Foundation of Harrison County, Phil Wyatt explained.
The four(4) children at the Library were privately funded through generous donations from local organizations and community members. Donor Jeanie Hardesty expressed,”I am so delighted to have these beautiful sculptures added to our library campus and our downtown cultural district.” The diversity statue of children holding hands, located on the front lawn of the Library, add a beautiful and meaningful aesthetic to Uptown Clarksburg.
“The city recognizes the investment in public art which has intangible benefits of aesthetic beauty, cultural interpretation, education, inspiration, and general improvement of the area,” expressed Clarksburg City Manager, Martin Howe.
The second diversity statue, of two(2) children jumping rope, located on the Second Street island, was fully funded by the City of Clarksburg. Clarksburg Mayor, Cathy Goings, explained that the City is always looking for projects to enhance the City, so when visitors come to Clarksburg it is pleasing to the eye”.
Donors for the statue of the four(4) children at the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library include, in no particular order: Clarksburg Uptown, Daniel & Meredith Rogers, Jim & Kim Denny, Stephen & Mary McCoy, Cultural Foundation of Harrison County, Bob & Becky Steptoe, Phil & Renee Wyatt, MVB Bank , James Swiger/WYK, Ben & Jeanie Hardesty, First Energy, and Clarksburg Kiwanis.