Page 10 - Spring 2012

The William Carey University
Library received a grant from
the National Endowment for the
Humanities to fund a traveling
exhibit entitled “Manifold Greatness:
The Creation and Afterlife of the King
James Bible.” The exhibit, which
celebrates the 400th anniversary of
the first printing of the King James
Bible, is a joint project of the Folger
Shakespeare Library in Washington,
D.C., and the American Library
Association Public Programs Office.
It is based on an exhibit of the
same name developed by the
Bodleian Libraries at the University
of Oxford with assistance from
the Harry Ransom Center of the
University of Texas and the Folger
Shakespeare Library.
The exhibit, enjoyed by hundreds
of visitors from the region, was
housed in the Sarah Gillespie
Museum of Art on the WCU
Hattiesburg campus from January
18-
February 17, 2012.  The WCU
library in partnership with the
Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, and
Forrest County, also hosted a series
of scholarly lectures, workshops,
panel discussions, and other
activities in conjunction with
the exhibit.
Exhibit Hosted at
WCU to Celebrate the
400
th Anniversary
of The King James Bible
Campus
On November 17, 2011, William
Carey University held a dedication
ceremony for the statue of the
school’s namesake entitled “Carey
Turns to the World.”
The dedication ceremony for
the statue, created by sculptor Ben
Watts of Columbia, began with
a welcome by Dr. Tommy King,
president, followed by a scripture
reading by Dr. Scott Hummel, vice
president for advancement and
church relations. Next, Dr. Myron
Noonkester, dean of the Noonkester
School of Arts and Letters, chair for
department of history, and co-director
for the Carey Center, informed guests
of the different events surrounding
yearlong celebration of William
Carey’s 250
th
birthday.
The guest of honor, Dr. Thomas
Eliff, president of the International
Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern
Baptist Convention, then took the
podium and gave an insightful
message on the significance
of William Carey’s vision and
dedication to missions. The ceremony
ended with a prayer of dedication by
Dr. Bennie Crockett, vice president
for institutional effectiveness and
long range planning and co-director
for the Carey Center. Following the
ceremony, the crowd went to Smith
Auditorium to hear Dr. Eliff speak at
WCU’s chapel service.
In March, Dr. King served as guest
speaker for the IMB chapel service in
Richmond, Va. During this service,
Dr. King presented the IMB with
a miniature replica of the William
Carey statue.
William Carey
Statue Dedication
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