img_4789Tennessee Tech University President Phil Oldham and Tom Moran, one of the original thieves, return a replica of the original eagle to the town of Monteagle during the Monteagle Mountain Homecoming on Saturday.

Moran and two other students cut the metal eagle free from the front of the Monteagle hotel and brought her to Cookeville in 1952, where it was perched atop Derryberry Hall for decades. The replica of the original eagle was presented to the town in exchange for an official pardon of the 1952 heist.