|A statue donated to Texas Tech from Amon Carter features American humorist Will Rogers on his horse Soapsuds. It sits just off Memorial Circle.
Will Rogers statue dedicated
1950 One of the greatest humorists and philosophers of modern times and the spirit of the Southwest which he typified was paid thoughtful tribute Thursday afternoon as a life-size monument of Will Rogers and his horse was unveiled on the Texas Tech campus.
Students and other admirers of the great cowboy humorist thronged the campus esplanade and Memorial Circle to witness the unveiling of the statue, picturing Rogers astride his favorite horse "Soapsuds." An estimated crowd of 3,000 was present for the dedication.
In a brief ceremony commemorating the world-famous philosopher and honoring the donor of the statue, Amon C. Carter, publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the memorial was presented to college and student officials by Chas. A. Guy, editor of The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Guy made the presentation for Carter, a longtime personal friend. The Fort Worth publisher was in the East on a business trip and unable to attend the ceremonies.
"The greatest humorist and philosopher of our times, Will Rogers walked with kings, yet never lost the common touch," Guy asserted, "With pithy simplicity, he put his finger on our national triumphs and disasters; he unstuffed the stuffed shirts and he showed up the humblest of us in our foibles."
Accepting the gift on behalf of the college, Dr. D.M. Wiggins, president, answered: "We are indeed proud and happy to be permitted to accept this statue of a great man. We are proud that Will Rogers knew Texas Tech and had something to do with the college in its early days. He was a great individualist and that philosophy of life is preserved by Texas Tech today."
Carter wired his feeling about the statue. "This statue," he said, "will fit into the traditions and scenery of our great western country. Will Rogers felt at home in this Lubbock section. He punched cattle not far from this site. His statue is a fitting monument to your students and faculty and may it draw Tech increasing enrollment."
The statue unveiled at Tech Thursday is a duplicate of the one dedicated in Fort Worth by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1947. Both are the work of Electra Waggoner Biggs of Vernon and New York.
Situated just off the Tech Memorial Circle, the Lubbock duplicate of the monument faces in a northwesterly direction and will welcome all future visitors to the campus.