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  • Monument Name

    Charles Duncan McIver Statue, Greensboro

  • Type

    Statue

  • Subjects

    Historic Educational Figures

  • Creator

    Frederick Wellington Ruckstull, Sculptor

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    The 7.5-foot bronze statue with a 3.5-foot granite pedestal is a monument to education pioneer Charles McIver, a founder and first president of the State Normal and Industrial School for Women (now known as UNC Greensboro). It depicts McIver standing in a dignified manner with a book in his left hand; his right hand rests on his waist. There are four plaques, one on each side of the pedestal.

    A duplicate of this statue stands in Raleigh's Capitol Square.

  • Inscription

    Front: CHARLES DUNCAN / MCIVER / EDUCATIONAL STATESMAN / BORN 27TH SEPTEMBER 1860 / DIED 17th SEPTEMBER 1906

    Right: PEOPLE - / NOT ROCKS AND RIVERS / AND IMAGINARY BOUNDARY / LINES - MAKE A STATE: /AND THE STATE IS GREAT JUST / IN PROPORTION AS ITS / PEOPLE ARE EDUCATED.

    Left: FOUNDER AND FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE STATE NORMAL AND INDUSTRIAL COLLEGE FOR WOMEN.

    Rear: ERECTED BY THE SCHOOL CHILDREN, THE TEACHERS, AND HIS OTHER FRIENDS AND ADMIRERS / A.D. 1911

  • Dedication Date

    October 5, 1912,

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.068160 , -79.808810 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "McIver Statue in front of McIver Memorial Building," Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC Link

      "McIver statue in front of Jackson Library," Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC Link

      "Program of Memorial Exercises in Honor of Dr. Charles Duncan McIver, Greensboro North Carolina November 20, 1906," (Greensboro, NC: 1906), (accessed May 31, 2012) Link

      Connor, Robert Digges Wimberly. Program of Exercises for North Carolina Day (McIver Day): Friday, December 14, 1906, (Raleigh, NC: State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1906), (accessed February 8, 2012) Link

      Coon, Charles L. "Charles Duncan McIver and His Educational Services, 1886-1906," in Advance Sheets United States Bureau of Education, 1907, (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1908), (accessed May 29, 2012) Link

      Smith, Alphonso C. "Charles Duncan McIver, the Educational Statesman," Dissertation, University of North Carolina, 1912

      Smith, William. "Charles Duncan McIver," (Greensboro: J.J. Stone & Company, 1907), (accessed February 8, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Unknown

  • Nickname

    The monument at UNC Greensboro was nicknamed “Charlie”. The stone pedestal upon which the statue originally stood was nicknamed “the Rawk” because it was built in order to prevent college students from defacing the statue.

  • Subject Notes

    Beginning in 1881, Charles Duncan McIver devoted a quarter of a century to educational reform in North Carolina. After his death on September 17, 1906, friends and fellow educational reformers organized to raise funds for a monument in McIver's honor. The committee chairman, James Joyner, started corresponding with Mrs. McIver and sculptor Frederic Wellington Ruckstuhl about a proposed monument in honor of McIver by August 1910. The North Carolina General Assembly approved the monument's construction and location in the Capital Square on March 7, 1911.

  • Former Locations

    In 1960 the statue was moved from its location north of the McIver Building to its present location in front of Jackson Library.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The monument is a gathering place to commemorate Institutional Founders Day at UNC-Greensboro.

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