Barney Ewell Legacy Committee
The Barney Ewell Legacy Committee (BELC) has commissioned Chad Fisher of Fisher Sculpture LLC to create the statue of Olympic sprinting champion Barney Ewell, which will be dedicated in Ewell Plaza next year. The statue will be fully funded by community members and local organizations, including Sam & Dena Lombardo, Kenneth & Susan Stoudt, the Steinman Foundation, Cargas Systems, the High Foundation, Benchmark Construction, Fulton Bank, and Arthur Morris.
Mr. Fisher was selected from numerous interested artists who submitted proposals to the committee’s artist selection panel. The alignment of Fisher’s proposed concept with the vision outlined in BELC’s Request for Proposal (RFP), as well as Fisher’s experience in depicting sports figures and athletes with masterful artistry led to his selection. He was chosen unanimously by the selection panel, which includes Lancaster gallery owner Geraldine McCritty, art conservator John Krill, attorney and art collector Robert Pfannebecker, and artist and athlete Ceasar Westbrook.
Barney Ewell is the latest in a long list of well-known athletes Fisher has represented in bronze. He has previously won commissions from the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia 76ers, and Philadelphia Flyers, among numerous other organizations. Charles Barkley, Walter Payton, Julius Erving, Bobby Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks are just a few of the athletes Fisher has represented in bronze.
The Barney Ewell Legacy Committee (BELC) formed in 2016 to establish a community-wide and permanent recognition of McCaskey graduate and Olympic sprinting champion Barney Ewell ’38. In February 2018, BELC organized Barney Ewell Week, hosting a series of free events throughout Lancaster City commemorating the 100th anniversary of Ewell’s birth. Among these events was the dedication of “Barney Ewell’s Neighborhood,” an installation of two informational panels in a parklet near Ewell’s longtime home in Lancaster’s Southeast. The panels drew awareness of Ewell’s career accomplishments and his connection to the neighborhood. Later in 2018, BELC dedicated a Pennsylvania State Historical marker honoring Ewell on the campus of J.P. McCaskey High School. In 2019, BELC saw the renaming of Lancaster Square as an opportunity to recognize Ewell in a central and permanent way in Lancaster City and launched the successful campaign to establish Ewell Plaza.
Watch Breaking Through: The Barney Ewell Story, a video about Mr. Ewell’s life and athletic career, produced by the Barney Ewell Legacy Committee and the McCaskey Alumni Association.