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  • Monument Name

    Andrew Johnson Monument, Carthage

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

  • City

    Carthage

  • County

    Moore

  • Description

    The monument consists of a large rectangular slab of granite standing about ten feet tall, with a large bronze plaque. Centered at the top of the plaque is a bas-relief portrait of Andrew Johnson facing to the right. Engraved under the portrait are words from the people of Carthage celebrating Johnson for his actions during Reconstruction.

  • Inscription

    ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF MOORE COUNTY IN HONOR OF / ANDREW JOHNSON / SEVENTEENTH PRESIDENT / OF THE UNITED STATES / ONE TIME RESIDENT OF CARTHAGE / A STALWART UNION MAN, YET HE THREW HIMSELF / INTO THE BREACH AS A BULWARK, IN FAVOR OF / THE PROSTRATE SOUTH AGAINST FANATICISM IN THE BITTER DAYS OF RECONSTRUCTION. / LET HIS MEMORY BE EMBALMED / IN EVERLASTING FAME.

  • Custodian

    The Town of Carthage

  • Dedication Date

    Sometime after 1922

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.345660 , -79.416810 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Andrew Johnson," WhiteHouse.gov, (accessed December 28, 2012) Link

      "Andrew Johnson," Markeroni.com, (accessed December 28, 2012) Link

      Case, Steven. "Andrew Johnson," NCPEDIA, (accessed December 28, 2012) Link

      County of Moore North Carolina. "The Historic Courthouse," Our History, (accessed December 28, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Mount Airy granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    The citizens of Carthage

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The date and activities of the dedication are not known. The monument appears in photographs of the historic Moore County courthouse built in 1922. However, it does not appear in photographs of the prior courthouse which burned. The monument appears to have been erected sometime after 1922.

  • Subject Notes

    Andrew Johnson, who once resided in Carthage, was the 17th President of the United States. He succeeded President Lincoln after his assassination. Although a Unionist during the Civil War, he adopted policies during Reconstruction that were applauded by many white southerners. He did not promote the rights of the recently freed slaves and granted lenient terms to many former Confederates. Eventually, Johnson was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives but was acquitted by the Senate.

  • Location

    The monument sits in front of the east entrance to the historic courthouse in Courthouse Square in Carthage. Courthouse Square is located along NC Route 24/27.

  • Landscape

    The monument sits on the lawn between the traffic circle and the courthouse.

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