MONTGOMERY—City and county officials joined Troy University on Wednesday, Jan. 21, in a ceremony dedicating the new bronze Trojan warrior statue on the Montgomery Campus.
The statue was donated by Chinese artist Hou Bau Zhu and is a replica of the statue on the Troy Campus that was designed and created by Troy University alumnus and artist Larry Strickland.
Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. said the statue is a symbol of the Trojan spirit that unites TROY students and alumni worldwide.
“We join you in saying the Trojan spirit is alive here in downtown Montgomery and it is our pleasure to see this symbol unveiled,” Hawkins said.
Todd Strange, chairman of the Montgomery County Commission, and interim Montgomery Mayor Charles Jinright praised TROY for taking a lead role in the revitalization of downtown Montgomery.
“All along TROY has been a very vital issue in downtown Montgomery,” Jinright said. “TROY was the basis for all our downtown redevelopment.”
The statue is “another important step in demonstrating the oneness of all TROY locations,” said Ray White, vice chancellor of the Montgomery Campus.
Similar replicas of the Trojan statue have been placed on the Dothan Campus and in Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium. A final replica will be placed on the Phenix City Campus.