Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Statue of Ichabod Washburn Unveiled Downtown

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Statue of Ichabod Washburn Unveiled Downtown

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Though Ichabod Washburn never visited Topeka, a statue of him unveiled Tuesday morning in the 700 block of S. Kansas Avenue commemorates his legacy to the city.

"Washburn University is one of the crown jewels of Topeka," said Vince Frye, president and CEO of Downtown Topeka, Inc. "We wanted to tie downtown to the campus by honoring its early benefactor."

Ichabod Washburn was a Massachusetts industrialist and fervent abolitionist. In the 1860s he heard the story of the struggling college -- originally called Lincoln College -- and was determined to help offer an education to everyone, including women and African- Americans.

He pledged $25,000 to the college, and in recognition of his gift, trustees voted to rename the college after its benefactor.

The bronze image of Washburn was cast by local artist Janet Zoble. …

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