Statue of Wangari Maathai

Location: Benediction College 1020 N 2nd St. Atchison, Kansas 66002

“Saturday, June 14, [20140 saw the placement of a statue of the late Wangari Maathai, a 1964 graduate of Mount St. Scholastica College, now Benedictine College, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Maathai was selected for her efforts to promote democracy, peace and sustainable development and she was the first Peace Prize winner to have an environmental focus.  She was the only Nobel Peace Prize Laureate to graduate from a U.S. Catholic college.“To have a statue of Wangari Maathai on our campus has been a dream for a while, and it is appropriate that it is here in St. Scholastica Plaza, where our students will see it and aspire to be like her,” said Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis.


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