WWL-TV: “Statue of author Walker Percy unveiled in Madisonville”

By May 17, 2016 WWL-TV

Walker Percy was arguably one of St. Tammany Parish’s most famous residents, but up until now there were few public tributes to the prize-winning author or his work.

On Thursday, in advance of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the author’s birth, the daughters of Percy, best known for his 1961 novel The Moviegoer, were on hand as a life-sized statue of the author was unveiled at the Madisonville public library.

Percy lived in Covington from 1948 until his death in 1990.

The Walker Percy Serenity Circle and statue at the Madisonville Branch Library on Main Street was commissioned by the St. Tammany Library Foundation. The bronze statue, by Covington artist Bill Binnings, was underwritten by the Helis Foundation.

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