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Former state senator and representative Arthur Williamson Sr. donated 75 acres of land and
introduced legislation to help found Southeastern Community College in Columbus County. Photo
courtesy Fuller Royal

Originally published: 2014-02-04 21:52:55
Last modified: 2014-02-04 21:52:55

Southeastern Community College names library after Williamson

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Almost five decades after donating a parcel of 75 acres of land to build Southeastern Community College in Columbus County, former state legislator Arthur Williamson was honored by the school with the naming of its library in his memory.

Williamson, born and raised in Columbus County, passed away in 1999, but his legacy of giving lives on through his donation and through his descendents, including his son, Arthur “Buddy” Williamson of Newland, and grandson, former Avery County coach and teacher Arthur “Art” Williamson III, of Valle Crucis.

“When dad made his donation 50 years ago, there was nothing being named after any individual. In 1980, the school dedicated the Chadbourn Bell and put it up outside the library in his name,” Buddy Williamson explained. “The school needed funds, and once the school began to name buildings after donors, officials decided it was proper to name the facility after the person who gave the land to help make the school a reality.”

According to Williamson, his father was a staunch proponent for education and felt passionate that students have the opportunity to further their education locally through the establishment of Southeastern Community College.

“Daddy wanted to be a part of the establishment of community colleges in North Carolina while in the state legislature,” Williamson said. “He was always pro-education.”

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