It's been five years since Percy Julian's centennial celebration, which is when the idea for a public bust of the venerable scientist was first broached. It took some time, but the bust finally became a reality in Scoville Park in October of 2003. On Nov. 6, 2004, sculptor Erik Blome and several members of the Institute for Science Education and Technology, which commissioned the bust, affixed the plaque that gives credit where it's due.
On hand were Lee Balgemann, Austin Harton, Kevin Washington, Erik Blome, Bill Fillmore, Daphne LeCesne, John Costopoulos and Norb Teclaw.
Which completes the projectâ€"except for one small detail. There's an engraving of a plant on the front panel of the base below the bust that remains unidentified. Many who aren't familiar with Dr. Julian's groundbreaking research don't know that as George Washington Carver revolutionized the peanut, Percy Julian worked wonders with the soybean.