UB erects statues in honour of three musical icons

In honor of three iconic Bahamian musicians, the University of The Bahamas (UB) erected three life-like statues on its campus Thursday.

Statues of King Eric Gibson, Ronnie Butler, and John “Peanuts” Taylor were the first to be erected on the university’s grounds.

In an interview with Eyewitness News the children of King Eric Gibson – Yvonne Gibson-Sands and Michael Hooper – noted they hope their father’s legacy lives on, particularly in generations to come, pinpointing that the location of the statue couldn’t be better.

“I’m humbled and I’m overcome because he is deserving of this moment and so much more, and to have it on the premises of the University of the Bahamas where students can learn and grow -these three men are deserving of this and so much more,” Gibson-Sands said.

For Hooper, the moment brought everyone together to remember “where we come from”.

“They had a time when there were nightclubs and now there are no nightclubs,” he said.

Hooper said he hopes that icons like King Eric will inspire more young Bahamians to bring back nightclubs with live Bahamian music particularly for tourists.

The three statues are located near the Students Services Centre behind the Gazebo of the Keva Bethel building.