NACC will unveil Trouper, Roscoe’s statue this week

POWELL, Ala. (WHNT) — A new statue at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) will honor the school’s official mascot — and another unofficial one.

The life-size bronze statue honors campus mascot Trouper the mustang as well as Roscoe, the campus dog.

“It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Dr. David Campbell. “We believe the bronze statue will be an unusual feature of the college, even bringing visitors and tourists to see it.”

The statue was designed by the ANCC’s Associate Dean of Instruction, Barbara Kilgore. It shows Trouper and Roscoe nose to nose, face to face. Kilgore said the statue was a perfect representation of the college’s mission.

“It occurred to me that Roscoe chose us to be part of his family and we chose Trouper to be part of our family,” Kilgore said. “I realized that if we were going to have a sculpture that showed the spirit of the institution, it had to include them both.”

“The interaction between the two is total acceptance,” Kilgore continued. “They are nose to nose, looking at each other. The mood is one of love and respect: the essences of NACC.

“Big Fish” author and NACC friend Daniel Wallace also contributed by writing the story inscribed on the statue’s plaque.

“The statue will symbolize how the Northeast family welcomes and nurtures its students and community and calls campus its home, as it did with Trouper and Roscoe,” Campbell concluded.

The unveiling is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 on the campus quad.


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