Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
The Mahatma, "Great Soul"
October 2, 1869 - January 30, 1948
The government of India has presented a larger than life-size bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi as a gift to James Madison University in recognition of the work of the Gandhi Center. The statue was dedicated and unveiled on October 2, 2008, the International Day of Nonviolence and the birth anniversary of the Mahatma, by His Excellency Ronen Sen, Ambassador of India to the United States of America. The statue, which is located on the ground floor of JMU's new East Campus Library, is the first of Mahatma Gandhi in the Commonwealth of Virginia.