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U of L Dedicates Renovated Plaza: Republic Bank’s Trager Family Funded the Makeover

On June 22, University of Louisville officials unveiled Trager Plaza, a renovated area featuring a granite infinity pool, bench seating and a sculpture.

The focal point of the plaza is the sculpture “Truth and Justice.” The artwork was commissioned in the 1970’s and created by then-faculty member Barney Bright and a student, Ed Hamilton, who is now known nationally for his large-scale public and private sculptures.

The plaza is named in honor of Republic Bancorp Inc.’s chairman, Bernard Trager. He and his wife Jean donated the sculpture to the university and provided funding for the plaza renovation.

“Happily, Jean and I, along with the entire Trager family, were able to add to the existing beauty of the University of Louisville campus,” said Trager. “We hope that the students, faculty and campus visitors will enjoy this peaceful space.”

U of L President James Ramsey, who presided at the dedication ceremony, added: “This plaza has been transformed into one of the most beautiful and peaceful locations on our campus. We are truly grateful to the Tragers for their generosity.”

Trager Plaza is between the Miller Information Technology Center and Lutz Hall.

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