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A New Tradition Begins!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Whatever the hour, whatever the reason, students at RMU can take heart that Robert Morris will always be there for them.

Literally. He’s not going anywhere. He’s made of bronze.

“Bronze Bob,” a life-size statue was unveiled Monday of the man known as the “Financier of the American Revolution,” will always be there for anyone who wishes to sit with him on his park bench in the center of the university’s Moon campus. Visit a while, take a selfie, or just pour out your cares or worries. Bronze Bob will not judge.

Robert Morris University formally unveiled “Bronze Bob” at a campus ceremony on Monday, April 21.

The statue, a gift of the Class of 2013 and of the Zonn family, is based on another statue of the Founding Father near Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Instead of a traditional standing statue, “Bronze Bob” is portrayed relaxing on a park bench, and visitors are invited to join him.

RMU President Greg Dell’Omo said he expects “Bronze Bob” to become a new university tradition. “We wanted our new tradition to be something that invites everyone in the RMU family to be a part of it,” he said.

The statue clasps a rolled document in his right hand, symbolizing Morris’s status as one of only two Americans who signed all three of the country’s founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution.