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July 13, 2013

John Sherman Cooper statue will hold a very special spot as Fountain Square undergoes its latest transformation


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“Since we’re having such a stalemate in Congress, everyone’s upset about everyone not cooperating ... all this animosity,” said Cornelia Cooper. “To think that Democrats and Republicans actually got along and admired each other!”
Cornelia Cooper is happy to see the Fountain Square that her family had such a key role in nurturing over the years getting attention once more, as expectations are that by August, water will be flowing in a new fountain more grandiose than anything Pulaski County has yet seen.
No project goes without its share of critics — the use of $1 million on the square today has drawn its own, certainly — but Cornelia Cooper’s unique perspective showed that even this most recent naysaying was nothing new.
“People told me (the square) won’t last two weeks,” she said of the last renovation efforts, “and it won’t unless people take care of it. And here it is.
“I love to see progress and quality of life here,” she continued. “I worked down on that square for 30 years, so it means a lot to me. It’s significant to the whole county.”

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