Iconic Bowman Gray Statue Moving to New Home
The statue of Bowman Gray, the man
recognized for bringing Wake Forest School of Medicine
to Winston-Salem, will be moved from its current location in front of the
School of Medicine on Hawthorne Road to its new home at the future Bowman Gray
Center for Medical Education in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.
The statue was crafted by local artisan Earline heath King in 2001. It
was dedicated during a ceremony in 2002, as part of a yearlong celebration of
the school’s 100th anniversary.
Gray was the benefactor whose bequest of $750,000 (worth more than $12
million in today’s money) made possible the medical school’s move to
Winston-Salem in 1941. At that time, the school expanded from a two-year
program to a four-year medical school and affiliated with North Carolina Baptist
Hospital, which later became Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center.
Additional information on the Bowman Gray statue:
who died in 2011, spent more than a year crafting the bronze statue.
statue is 6 feet tall, which is slightly larger than life.
the base, the statue stands 9 feet 6 inches tall.
almost always wore a hat in public, but King liked his “part-in-the-middle”
hairstyle so much, she put his hat in his hand so his hair is visible.
The Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education –located in the renovated
former 60 series R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company complex – is scheduled to open
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