Come spring, a lone "maverick" cowboy will watch over downtown Norman. The nine-foot tall sculpture of Norman native James Garner will be the centerpiece of the next plaza in the downtown Legacy Trail.

The committee organizing the tribute to the popular television and movie actor is offering donors an opportunity to be a part of the festivities. Donors who contribute before Feb. 1 will have their names engraved in a brick wall around the plaza which will sit across from the Sooner Theatre.

Mr. Garner is expected in Norman for the statue's unveiling on April 21 and then serve as grand marshal of the annual 89er Day Parade, the following day through downtown Norman.

Committee members are in the home stretch of the fundraising. They have raised about $122,000 of the project's $185,000 budget. Artist Shan Gray of Edmond is creating the nine-foot sculpture that will be cast at The Crucible.

Tax-deductible donations, made payable to the Norman Park Foundation, can be sent to the committee at 507 N. University Boulevard, Norman, 73069. More information is available by calling 329-0402 or at

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