To commemorate Brawley's graduation and the 1958 visit to campus of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., a sculpture created by Professor Joe Meiser, art & art history, has been installed outside of the Vaughan Literature Building.Honoring Edward McKnight Brawley, Bucknell’s First African-American Graduate
Edward McKnight Brawley (1851-1923) was the first African-American student to attend Bucknell University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1875 and a master's degree in 1878. Following his graduation, Brawley became a minister and religious scholar and worked as a journalist. He served as president of Selma University and Morris College, which he helped found. He was the father of noted scholar and author Benjamin Brawley, who was a college professor, author and the first dean of Morehouse College.