A sculpture of civil rights leader, Reverend Arthur L. Hardge, stands in front of the Multicultural Student Services Center. The 6-foot sculpture of Hardge, dressed in clerical clothes and holding a Bible, was dedicated Sept. 12, 2000 in honor of his life and legacy. “The Rev,” as he was affectionately called, was the first director of Special Programs for Talent Development at URI. He died of heart disease in 1983.
The bronze statue was designed by Arnold Prince, of Chaplin, Connecticut, and was cast at the Paul King Foundry in Johnston. New England Stone, LLC of North Kingstown, created the pedestal, which is made of granite.