Visit our PeeDee statue

A purple-and-gold, well-known mascot in eastern North Carolina is in the library. Come by for a photo or a selfie and tag us @joynerlibrary!

A PeeDee the Pirate statue was donated by author and East Carolina University alum Ralph A. Finch Jr., ’67, for display in the ECU main campus library. The fixture stands 83 inches tall, 53 inches wide and 33 inches deep. A collaborative effort by Academic Library Services and the School of Art and Design led to retrieving the statue in Virginia, upgrades and installation.

It is located on the first floor near the main stairwell across from the magnet wall.

Members of Academic Library Services and the School of Art and Design helped to display PeeDee in the library.

Circulation student employee and art major Roselyn Venegas applied a fresh coat of paint to the statue. Jeb Hedgecock, a School of Art and Design woodshop technician, built the base under PeeDee’s feet. Matthew Clark and Ronnie Williams represented Academic Library Services building operations in performing more improvements for stability and sustainability, and led the installation process.

Mark Sanders, assistant director for public services, and Floyd Conner, head of building operations, with Academic Library Services also contributed and oversaw the project.

More about Finch’s book, “The Adventures of PeeDee the Pirate,” is available in an activity guide produced by ECU Admissions.