Statue unveiled honoring former Aiken mayor Frederick Cavanaugh

Statue unveiled honoring former Aiken mayor Frederick Cavanaugh
Former Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh stands beside a statue erected in his honor. (Source: Allen Riddick)

AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - The City of Aiken is commemorating the life of former mayor Frederick B. Cavanaugh. A life-size bronze statue funded by private donations has been erected in Teague Park.

Cavanaugh was erected to the City Council in 1985. In 1991, he was elected mayor and served in that position for 24 years, retiring in 2015.

It was not a job I could have done by myself; it took everyone involved to get anything accomplished.
Former Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh

Under Cavanaugh’s leadership, Aiken made major efforts to preserve historic sites and natural resources. He was chair of Aiken’s Community of Character initiative, earning the city the highest award from the Municipal Association of South Carolina in 2007.

Mayor Rick Osbon said, “Mayor Cavanaugh always put others first and to have this special day to honor this great man along with his family in attendance, is certainly special to our city.”

The Cavanaugh Monument Committee hired South Carolinian sculptor Maria Kirby-Smith for the project. At the same time, the sculpture of former Mayor Odell Weeks was relocated to the park to stand beside the statue of Cavanaugh.

Teague Park is the parkway located on Park Avenue SW between Laurens Street SW and Newberry Street SW.

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