A 12-foot statue of a young Abraham Lincoln was unveiled in front of Crounse Hall on Centre College's campus in August 2012. The work, commissioned by an anonymous donor, was created by sculptor Ed Hamilton. Centre alumnus John Todd Stuart (class of 1826) gave Lincoln his first law books and was his first law partner. The statue commemorates this connection of Centre to the 16th president, displaying Lincoln holding a law book in study.
The statue has quickly become a mainstay on the Centre campus, with Lincoln getting his own press credentials during the October 2012 Vice Presidential Campaign. It has also become the focus of the newest Centre tradition, which has students placing pennies at Lincoln's feet for luck.
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