Although Pepper passed away in 1989, family, politicians and university officials say his vision lives on. A new addition to the Claude Pepper Center on FSU's campus was proudly unveiled Friday.
Hailed as a champion for senior citizens, former U.S. Senator Claude Pepper dedicated 50 years of his life to public service. In the Pepper Center, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson spoke about his remarkable energy.
Housed in the pepper center is now the institute on aging and public policy, as well as a foundation to help the underprivileged.
Foundation president Frances Campbell, who worked alongside Pepper for 20 years, says his legacy continues. The eight-foot statue was sculpted by Neil Estern, who also sculpted the statues of Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor for the Franklin Delanor Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC.