On one side of the monument, the first line of poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s “Will” is engraved.
"One of Maynard's notable attributes was his strong will and determination,” Valerie Jackson said. “The poem speaks of a determined soul, and it was only through Maynard’s determination in moving I-85 that a new airport terminal was built with minority as well as female participation.”
Valerie Jackson personally designed the monument along with her brother, visual artist and photographer Monte Richardson. Brook Bolton, president and CEO of Roberts-Shields Memorial Company, produced and supervised the monument's installation.
“My ultimate goal was to build a fitting monument to this exceptional man, which will stand for centuries to come,” she said.