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Banita Trail in Nacogdoches unveils giant chair sculpture in honor of Dr. Ab Abernethy

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The City of Nacogdoches just unveiled a giant replica of a chair in what many people call Ab’s Park in Honor of the late Doctor Ab Abernethy who is the original trailblazer of Nacogdoches.

The park is located along the Banita nature trail in the city. 

Lanana and Banita Creek Trail Chairman Clayton Collier said the chair is a symbol.

“This extra large folding lawn chair was also built as a memorial to the late doctor Abernethy. Jeff Brewer who is a sculptor professor at Steven F Austin State University designed and built this chair I honor of Doctor Abernethy.” Collier said.

It was important for the city to be able to honor Abernethy for the work that he did to help create the beautiful trails. And the large chair was just a small stepping stone in doing that.

There’s also a story behind the SFA color inspired chair.

“Doctor Abernethy was known for going down to the creek with his machete and his chair and hacking away at some trials and then relaxing in his chair while thinking about the next project that he needed to work on.” Collier said.

The chair is just the beginning of many projects that are planned at the park this fall, including native vegetation beds and incorporating native wildlife species including monarch butterflies into the park.

It’s also here to honor a man who did so much for the for Nacogdoches’ Lanana and Banita Creek Trail.

“This is a great addition to the park and really you have to walk down the trail to see it. So it’s really going to get people out and just do what Dr. Abernethy has always wanted folks to do. Just get out and enjoy the outdoors.” Collier said.

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