Robert Hugh Daniel




Altruistic Visionary


Cordray Parker

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Hugh Daniel was born in Elberton, Georgia in 1906. Hugh moved to Birmingham, Alabama and opened the Daniel Construction Company of Alabama in 1936. Over the next several decades Daniel continued to expand and diversify the construction company, served three years as a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps and co-founded Central Bank & Trust now BBVA Compass Bank.

When asked about his personal keys to success, Hugh Daniel was quick to respond. Hard work - not for the sake of work, but well-directed, efficient work. Fairness - being fair in everything you do. And delivering what you say you will deliver. These three simple attributes allowed Hugh Daniel to rise from humble beginnings to become a man who spearheaded one of the nation's largest and foremost construction corporations; a man who provided the impetus to propel his corporation to world prominence in its industry; and a man who silently, without regard for personal gain and notoriety, instituted needed influence into programs designed for the good of the community.

To his adopted home town, Daniel gave many hours of service to various civic, cultural and educational organizations. His participation in community affairs included serving as a director of the Birmingham Committee of 100, Chamber of Commerce, Baptist Hospitals Foundation, Birmingham Museum of Art, a member of the executive committee of the Board of Trustees of Southern Research Institute, a trustee of the Birmingham Symphony Association, the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Birmingham-Southern College.

To this day the Daniel Foundation of Alabama remains a viable presence in the philanthropic community of Alabama, supporting educational, health, humanitarian and cultural activities in Birmingham and throughout Alabama.


This sculpture by Cordray Parker was commissioned in honor of Mr. Daniel to be placed in front of the Daniel Building. This public artwork will be an enduring tribute to his legacy and dedication to our great city.


Cordray Parker was a sculptor and teacher. Parker earned an architecture degree from the Auburn University School of Architecture and then spent time studying sculpture in Florence, Italy and Vienna, Austria.

After returning to Birmingham he worked as a design consultant with residential developer and homebuilder Bill Humphries while pursuing his own artwork. He contributed to the design and decoration of homes in the Monte D'Oro subdivision in Hoover. He and his wife taught at Indian Springs School and he organized a drawing group.