According to the Register-Herald, Katherine Johnson will be honored by her very own alma mater!

In 2016, award-winning director, Theodore Melfi brought Johnson’s story onto the big screen in the film, Hidden Figures where Taraji P. Henson portrayed Katherine.

Just one day before Katherine’s 100th birthday, her alma mater, West Virginia State University will honor her with her very own bronze statue and a scholarship, which will be awarded to underrepresented students that major in STEM fields.

In a statement, West Virginia State University President, Anthony L. Jenkins said,

“Rarely are we presented an opportunity to attach ourselves to a historic moment. I believe this is one of those times. Despite her numerous accomplishments, she never forgot WVSU, White Sulphur Springs, nor the state she loves so dear. Then, as throughout her life, Katherine has embodied the true essence of a West Virginian: strong values, unbreakable resolve and a work ethic that is second to none.”

Sculptor, Frederick Hightower, also an alum of the same university created the bronze statue and it will be unveiled on August 25th.

Congratulations Katherine Johnson!

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