SIU honors man killed during construction of Morris Library

SIU honors man killed during construction of Morris Library
SIU Carbondale is honoring a construction worker who died in 1963 after a fall while working on Morris Library (Source: SIU)

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - SIU Carbondale is honoring a construction worker who died in 1963 after a fall while working on Morris Library.

According to the university, Willie "Jimbo" Slaughter died the day after the fall.

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The public is invited to a special ceremony at noon on June 30 outside the northwest corner of Morris Library on the SIU Carbondale campus.

"He was fearless, he would challenge anything," James Slaughter, Willie's older brother said. "He was very helpful in the community, too. He did a lot of work for other people, like gardening and giving away his harvest. He was a hard-working guy who took care of his family. He was just a great kid."

A memorial bench with a bronze plaque will be installed in Slaughter's honor.

"He would love this," James Slaughter said of Saturday's event and the bench dedication. "I imagine he's looking down now and really enjoying this. He would appreciate everything."

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