Fulbright Peace Fountain

Peace Fountain

Fulbright College dedicated the peace fountain on October 24, 1998, in tribute to the legacy of J. William Fulbright. Fulbright believed that education, particularly study abroad, has the power to promote tolerance and understanding among nations.

The Fulbright Scholarship Program, now in its 71st year, operates in 160 countries. More than 370,000 people around the world have won Fulbright grants, including professors, scientists, musicians, ambassadors and artists.

At the fountain dedication ceremony, Edward T. Foote, Fulbright's son-in-law, said he liked to think of students “sitting and admiring the magnificent monument, talking and thinking in this place of books, in this place of ideas, in this place of human understanding.”

Fountain Facts

  • donations from 115 individuals and 18 countries
  • size: Consisting of sculpted bronze links atop a granite base, the fountain is 41 feet high and weighs nearly 12,000 pounds.
  • designed by Fay Jones and Maurice Jennings
  • constructed by Baldwin-Shell

Inaugural poet Miller Williams wrote these lines in memory of Fulbright:

Think of students with minds made darkly rich
by cultures not their own, and who can say —
given the sweet contagion of a thought —
how far away
the tremors of opening minds may resonate?