25-foot statue arrives on U of M campus earlier than expected

The statue of Ramesses II is being moved to the University of Memphis campus.
The statue of Ramesses II is being moved to the University of Memphis campus.

(WMC-TV) – The 25-foot tall statue of Ramesses II is now on the campus of the University of Memphis.

Action News 5 cameras caught the process in action.  The moving of the 5,000 pound statue began at 8 a.m. Monday.  The move was expected to take several hours and arrive in the late afternoon.  The process went quicker than expected, arriving at the campus just after 10 a.m.

The huge statue traveled very slowly down Front Street to I-240 north to Sam Cooper. From there, it headed south on Highland Avenue to Central Avenue where crews installed it between the theater and music buildings on the University of Memphis campus.

"I got here when they were just tipping it over and putting it on the flat bed. I thought it was solid, it's not... It's hollow," said spectator Barbara Blue.

The statue used to guard the entrance of The Pyramid, which is now being converted into a Bass Pro Shops superstore. The Memphis City Council voted that the University of Memphis campus would make a nice home for the statue.

It will be leased to the university for $1 each year for 99 years.

"I think it's going to draw a lot of attention," laughed Katelynn Hendricks, a student. "It being an enormous statue."

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