UNC-CH to dedicate Eve Carson memorial garden

From Staff ReportsFebruary 25, 2010 

— UNC-Chapel Hill will dedicate the Eve Marie Carson Garden at 4p.m. March 4.

Named for UNC-CH's slain student body president, the garden is on Polk Place, off Cameron Avenue behind the Campus YMCA.

A tribute to Carson, the garden also is intended as a place of honor for all students who die before they graduate, according to a university news release.

Two men are charged with killing Carson, whose body was found in March 2008 in a neighborhood near campus. Investigators say she was shot several times by Laurence Lovette before Demario Atwater fired a shotgun blast to her head.

Within a few months of Carson's death, a group of students and staff members began to design both a scholarship program in Carson's name and a permanent physical remembrance of her on campus.

Every aspect of the garden was chosen intentionally, said Jill Coleman, university landscape architect. The seating area features a blue stone seat set in a traditional campus Chatham stone wall, and the inscription wall is made of Georgia marble in honor of Carson's home state.

The wall features a quote from Carson: "Learn from every single being, experience, and moment. What joy it is to search for lessons and goodness and enthusiasm in others."

"One of the nice things about a garden is a sense of nature and order," said Carson's father, Bob Carson of Athens, Ga. "It's a great place and, as you've envisioned, it will nurture many wonderful friendships, ideas, laughs and thoughtful moments."

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