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  • Monument Name

    Memorial to Heroes of the World War, Pittsboro (Removed)

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    World War I

    Removed Monuments

  • City

    Pittsboro

  • County

    Chatham

  • Description

    The memorial is a simple rectangular stone tablet with inscriptions in relief. A decorative shield with stars at the top and horizontal bars beneath appears between the dates 1917 and 1918. The plaque is five feet tall.

  • Inscription

    PITTSBORO HIGH SCHOOL / HONOR ROLL / 1917 1918 / THOSE WHO ANSWERED THEIR COUNTRY’S CALL / IN THE WORLD WAR / ARMY / [Two columns with 48 names] / NAVY / [Two columns with 19 names]

  • Custodian

    Chatham County Historical Association

  • Dedication Date

    May 8, 1922

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Supporting Sources

      Chatham County Historical Association. “Photo Galleries,” http://www.chathamhistory.org, (accessed January 10, 2016) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, October 25, 26, 27, 1921 (Gastonia, N.C.: Brumley-Walters Printing Co., 1922), 145, (accessed September 15, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Wilmington, North Carolina, October 10, 11, 12, 13, 1922 Silver Anniversary (Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton Printing Company, 1923), 141, (accessed September 15, 2012) Link

      “Pittsboro High School,” The Chatham Record (Pittsboro, NC), May 12, 1922, 1

      “Pittsboro School Commencement,” The Chatham Record (Pittsboro, NC), June 2, 1922, 1

  • Public Site

    No

  • Materials & Techniques

    Stone

  • Sponsors

    United Daughters of the Confederacy, Winnie Davis Chapter

  • Monument Cost

    $130

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication and unveiling was held as part of the Pittsboro High School commencement ceremony in May, 1922. The unveiling was reported as a fitting “close to honor those heroes who thwarted our foes.” Mrs. H.A. London presented the tablet to the school on behalf of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It was accepted on the school’s behalf by Professor E.R. Franklin and was unveiled by Miss Mary Carter Nooe. Dr. William Louis Poteat, Professor and President of Wake Forest College, was the keynote commencement speaker.

  • Subject Notes

    The plaque was first placed at the Pittsboro High School built in the early 1900’s. According to the information given by the Chatham County Historical Association, when that building was torn down the plaque came into possession of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars. Eventually it was included in a county history display in the Chatham County Courthouse. In May, 2010 a fire almost destroyed the courthouse but the plaque was not damaged. It was then placed in storage at the Chatham County Historical Society. Efforts are being made to find a new display location.

  • Location

    As of January 2016, the plaque is placed in storage at the Chatham County Historical Society.

  • Former Locations

    The plaque was first placed at the Pittsboro High School built in the early 1900’s. It was later put on the display in the Chatham County Courthouse and then in storage. Efforts are being made to find a new display location.

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