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  • Monument Name

    Thomas Ruffin Monument, Raleigh

  • Type

    Statue

  • Subjects

    Historic Civic Figures

    Historic Legal Figures

  • Creator

    Francis H. Packer, Designer

    Francis H. Packer, Sculptor

  • City

    Raleigh

  • County

    Wake

  • Description

    The monument to Thomas Ruffin rests in an alcove at the entrance to the State Court of Appeals building in Raleigh. The full-body statue is cast in bronze and sits atop a polished white marble base. Ruffin is portrayed in a formal style with sealed legal papers in his left hand, conveying his status and his office; his right hand is tucked in his waistcoat. The statue's designer, Francis H. Packer of New York, studied with the renowned sculptor and teacher Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

  • Custodian

    State of North Carolina

  • Dedication Date

    February 1, 1915

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.779500 , -78.639550 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Thomas Ruffin," in the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives Portrait Collection P2, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link

      Folder 1008 in Bennehan Cameron Papers #3623, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link

      Folder 1009 in the Bennehan Cameron Papers #3623, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link

      Folder 1010 in the Bennehan Cameron Papers #3623, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link

      Greene, Sally. "Judge Thomas Ruffin, Presiding Over a Vanished Era," Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina, (accessed May 16, 2012) Link

      North Carolina Bar Association. "Addresses at the Unveiling and Presentation to the State of the Statue of Thomas Ruffin by the North Carolina Bar Association Delivered in the Hall of the House of Representatives, 1 February, 1915," (Raleigh, NC: Edwards & Broughton Printing Company, 1915), (accessed May 30, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze and marble.

  • Sponsors

    The North Carolina State Bar Association and the Ruffin Family.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was dedicated on February 1, 1915 in the Hall of the House of Representatives in Raleigh. An address was delivered by Chief Justice Hon. Walter Clark of the State Supreme court, and the statue was presented by the Hon. J. Crawford Biggs, President of the North Carolina Bar Association. The monument was unveiled by Thomas Ruffin and Peter Browne Ruffin, Justice Ruffin's great-grandchildren. It was originally placed in the State Administration Building where the Supreme Court held its sessions.

  • Subject Notes

    Thomas Ruffin sat on the North Carolina State Supreme Court from 1829 to 1852 and again in 1858, serving as the Chief Justice from 1833 to 1852.

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