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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 13, April 1, 2007, Article 24

YOUNG ARTIST DESIGNS LAFAYETTE MEDAL

The Fayetteville Observer of North Carolina published an article 
this week about a young man who stepped up to the task of designing 
a new medal honoring Marquis de Lafayette.

"Michael “TJ” Jefferson has achieved the kind of distinction most 
artists dream of. His work has been immortalized on a coin. 

"Jefferson designed a commemorative medallion, a two-inch full-color 
coin that is part of Fayetteville’s yearlong celebration of Marquis 
de Lafayette’s 250th birthday. Fayetteville is named for the French 
nobleman. 

"“It makes me think that I have the greatest job in the world,” 
says Jefferson, who is head of the print department at ARC Design 
in downtown Fayetteville. 

"The company he works for created the logo and other marketing tools 
for the Lafayette 250th Committee. When the idea for a coin came up, 
Jefferson volunteered to do the design. He sketched it on paper, 
then created it on a computer. The result, he says, exceeded his 
expectations. 

"“We’ve heard nothing but good things about it,” Parfitt says. 
“People love it. It’s very colorful. It isn’t old-fashioned and 
stodgy looking.” 

"Adam Johnson, one of owners of ARC Design, says Jefferson did a 
lot of research to ensure the images on the coin were historically 
accurate. “He did a fantastic job with it,” Johnson says." 

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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