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On September 26th, 2009, over one thousand of people gathered at Hermann Park to gather the Great Confucius Statue to the City of Houston, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of establishment of the Sino-US diplomatic relations and the 2,560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius.

Gao Yanping, Consul General of China in Houston, Liu Guangyuan, minister of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, Sue Lovell, Houston Mayor Pro, Andrea White, Houston first Lady, Wanda Adams, Houston Council Member, Charles Foster, co-chair of Friend of Confucius Sculpture for Hermann Park, Jun Yang, chair of Friend of Confucius Sculpture for Hermann Park and Lisa Lu, Oscar Academy Awards Jury Member, gave speeches at the dedication ceremony. 

The statue "is a reminder to Houstonians and Texans of the teachings of Confucius, whose ideals, and particularly his thoughts about man's role in society, remain as true today as they were 2,500 years ago," former U.S. Secretary of State James Barker wrote.

 "On behalf of the city of Houston, I thank you for the very generous gift of a bronze sculpture of Great Confucius to the citizens of Houston to be dedicated and placed today in the Hermann Park International Sculpture Garden," said Houston Mayor Bill White.

Minnette Bosesel, the mayor's assistant for cultural affairs, welcomed the addition of the Confucius statue to the city's collection.  "Houston is fortunate to receive into the City Art Collection this beautiful sculpture created by acclaimed artist Willy Wang. The City is grateful to the Chinese Consulate and the Friends of Confucius Sculpture."

    "We thank the People's Republic of China, the Friends of Confucius Sculpture committee and artist Willy Wang for the honor they have bestowed on our city through their donation of the Confucius statue," said Joe Turner, director of Parks and Recreation Department of Houston.  "We hope that visitors to the International Sculpture Garden at Herman Park will see the sculpture and be reminded of the great philosopher's words and teachings," he said.

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