This panel places a portrait of legendary American author and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910) within a pilot wheel from a steamboat. Twain, née Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens and born in the rural town of Florida, Missouri. From his small town roots, Mark Twain went on to write several American classics, such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Life on the Mississippi.
The stained glass panel highlighted here once hung in the east window of Kent Library when it was originally installed in 1939. In 1968, the panes were placed into walnut frames and displayed on the mezzanine level of the renovated library until 2007 when they were removed for safety during library remodeling.