Friday, July 27, 2012

The Alma Mater Statue - University of Illinois

The Alma Mater Statue
University of Illinois
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

postmarked in 1976 with a USA 9 cent 'Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble' stamp

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The Alma Mater is a bronze statue located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The long flowerbed stretching from the front of the Alma Mater to the corner of Green Street and Wright Street is known as the Alma Mater Plaza. There are two inscriptions in granite, that read "To thy happy children of the future, those of the past send greetings" and "Her children arise up and call her Blessed" Proverbs 31-28. The main figure is a mother-figure wearing academic robes and is flanked by two other figures representing "Learning" (to her left) and "Labor" (to her right), after the University's motto "Learning and Labor."

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