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  • Monument Name

    Wilson Caldwell Monument, UNC (Chapel Hill)

  • Type

    Obelisk

  • Subjects

    Historic African American Figures

    Educational Institutions

  • Creator

    Thomas A. Waitt, Designer

    Thomas A. Waitt, Builder

  • City

    Chapel Hill

  • County

    Orange

  • Description

    This sandstone obelisk, completed in 1837, was the first monument built for UNC president Joseph Caldwell. In 1904, when the current monument in McCorkle Place was erected, the Class of 1891 placed this monument on Wilson Caldwell's grave in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery and rededicated it to three other slaves who worked for the University with a marble stone placed at its base. It stands in the section reserved for African Americans in honor of Wilson Caldwell (whom university president David Swain owned), his father November Caldwell (whom Joseph Caldwell owned), and two other men, all longtime servants of the university. It was rededicated in 1904.

  • Inscription

    MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 1891 PLACE THIS STONE / TO THE MEMORY OF / WILSON SWAIN CALDWELL / (WHO LIES HERE) / NOVEMBER CALDWELL / DAVID BARHAM AND / HENRY SMITH / WHO SERVED THE UNIVERSITY FAITHFULLY

  • Custodian

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Dedication Date

    1837

  • Decade

    1830s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.910930 , -79.044950 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Original Joseph Caldwell Monument," The Carolina Story: A Virtual Museum of University History, (accessed February 28, 2012) Link

      "Original Joseph Caldwell Monument," The Carolina Story: A Virtual Museum of University History, (accessed June 2, 2011) Link

      Battle, Kemp P. The Two Caldwell Monuments on the Campus of the University of North Carolina, (Chapel Hill, NC: Dialectic and Philanthropic Literary Societies of the University of North Carolina, 1902), (accessed May 16, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Sandstone, marble

  • Sponsors

    The Class of 1891 was responsible for moving the monument to its current location and dedicating it to Wilson Caldwell, November Caldwell, David Barham, and Henry Smith.

  • Location

    The statue is located in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.

  • Death Space

    Yes

  • Former Locations

    Where the current Joseph Caldwell monument stands.

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