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Lost memorial for disability rights advocate is replaced

Robert Brunner plaque

Lost memorial plaque for disability rights advocate is replaced in Centennial Student Union.

By Tanner Kent, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 10/1/2011]

Perhaps you’ve seen Robert Brunner’s plaque.

More likely not — unless, of course, you visited Minnesota State Mankato some decades ago and happened into the service elevator near the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Centennial Student Union.

Beginning in 1979, a plaque commemorating Brunner adorned that elevator, reminding its riders of his efforts to make the campus more handicap accessible.

No one is quite sure, however, when the plaque went missing. Searches of CSU storage rooms and institutional archives yielded nothing. Most figure it was misplaced during one of the CSU’s numerous renovations, but nobody knows for sure.

But thanks to the persistent inquiries of his family members, Brunner’s likeness and legacy are once again on display.

For the complete story, see Saturday's Free Press print edition, or go to the e-edition at

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