Southern Miss unveils Oseola McCarty statue

Southern Miss unveils Oseola McCarty statue
The life-size bronze sculpture is located on Weathersby Lawn in the heart of campus and was created by Columbia artist Ben Watts. (Source: Southern Miss)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi has a new statue on its Hattiesburg campus honoring the life and legacy of Oseola McCarty.

McCarty worked for 75 years as a washerwoman and donated the majority of her life savings to the university after her death in 1999 at the age of 91.

The unveiling of the statue coincided with the 25th anniversary of McCarty designating Southern Miss as the beneficiary of the $150,000 planned gift.

“When I leave this world, I can’t carry nothing away from here. Whatever I have, it’s going to be left right here for somebody. Some child can get their education, to help them along, because you can’t do nothing now unless you get your education. I don’t regret one single penny I gave to the College. The only thing I regret is that I didn’t have more to give.”
Oseola McCarty

The life-size bronze sculpture is located on Weathersby Lawn in the heart of campus and was created by Columbia artist Ben Watts.

It was commissioned by the USM Foundation Board of Directors as a gift to the university and installed on Tuesday.

More than 100 students from south Mississippi have benefitted from the Oseola McCarty Scholarship Endowment.

You can donate to the endowment by visiting usmfoundation.com/givemccarty.

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