Jesse Davenport Unity Garden
Built in 1994, the Jesse Davenport Unity Garden was conceived as a quiet place for reflection and contemplation and in named in honor of the late Jesse Davenport, a staunch supporter of the university and a member of the Board of Directors of the CU Foundation, the CU Alumni Association, and President’s Partners. He was the first recipient of a baccalaureate degree from Cameron.
The centerpiece to the garden is the metal sculpture of a bison skull, commissioned with a donation by the Leslie Powell Foundation. It is a work by Joe Barrington of Throckmorton, Texas. The bison skull depicts the significance of bison in ancient ecosystems of the Great Plains, the dependence of Native Americans on the bison, and the ties of Cameron and its students to these historic roots. No preservational materials were added to the skull structure, and the piece will eventually disappear, oxidizing away over the next 100 to 200 years.