Lincoln University Receives a Gift of 10,000 Figurines from Alum Tom “Chico” Stafford ‘73

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Lincoln University recently received a gift of 10,000 hand-painted African American figurines to be marketed, sold and distributed by the University’s Business and Entrepreneurial Studies students to benefit Lincoln’s scholarship fund and capital campaign.

The figurines, offered in two collections – “Sweet Inspirations” and “Legacy Collection” were designed and created by artist Wayne Anthony exclusively for Tom “Chico” Stafford, the 1973 Lincoln alumnus, who donated them. Each piece includes a certificate of authenticity.

“The legacy and job of this institution has been to prepare leaders, and that includes business leaders,” said Dr. Robert R. Jennings, Lincoln University president. “This donation creates an excellent opportunity for our students to gain real-world experience by developing an executable business plan and creating a student-run business that as an added bonus instills every alumnus’ worthwhile duty to support its alma mater.”

These figurines, which are thematically and playfully depicted, are the first of what is expected to be part of a portfolio of products that students will be develop and/or distribute as part of an established entrepreneurship business enterprise on Lincoln’s campus.

Currently, the figurines are showcased and available for purchase in Dickey Hall, Room 258 and on the 4th Floor at the Lincoln University Graduate Center, located at Lincoln Plaza, 3020 Market St. in Philadelphia.  Please see administrative staff  in DH 258 and GC 415 for purchases.  Check, cash and money order are accepted for purchase.

Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, founded in 1854 as the nation’s first historically Black degree-granting institution, combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society.  Today, the University enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women.  Internationally recognized for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria. 

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