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  • Monument Name

    Josephus Daniels Monument, Raleigh

  • Type

    Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

    Historic Civic Figures

  • Creator

    Janos Farkas, Sculptor

  • City

    Raleigh

  • County

    Wake

  • Description

    This metal statue stands at a larger-than-life 8-feet-tall and rests on a 4-foot-tall base in Nash Square. Daniels is depicted wearing a long tail coat and trousers with a hat in one hand; his other arm extends towards the sky. Below the standing figure of Daniels is a pedestal which contains a plaque to commemorate Daniels' life.

    Images: Contemporary view

  • Inscription

    Front: JOSEPHUS DANIELS / EDITOR, AUTHOR, PUBLIC OFFICIAL / SON OF / JOSEPHUS DANIELS AND MARY CLEAVES SEABROOK / BORN IN WASHINGTON, NC / MAY 18, 1862 / MARRIED TO ADDIE WORTH BAGLEY OF RALEIGH / MAY 2, 1888 / DIED IN RALEIGH, NC / JANUARY 15, 1948 / EDITOR, WILSON ADVANCE / 1880-1885 / OWNER AND EDITOR, THE NEWS AND OBSERVER / 1894-1948 / SECRETARY OF THE NAVY / 1913-1921 / AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO / 1933-1942 / TRUSTEE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA / 1901-1948

  • Custodian

    City of Raleigh

  • Dedication Date

    September 24, 1985

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.777830 , -78.642350 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Dedication Ceremony for the Unveiling of the Statue of Josephus Daniels", (Raleigh, NC, Josephus Daniels Charitable Foundation, 1985)

      "Josephus Daniels (1862-1948)," in The North Carolina Election of 1898, The North Carolina Collection, UNC University Libraries, (accessed December 12, 2011) Link

      "Josephus Daniels, (sculpture)," Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museum, (accessed December 14, 2011) Link

      "Josephus Daniels, Governor Locke Craig, Edward Kidder Graham, and others at the University of North Carolina," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, (accessed May 14, 2013) Link

      Josephus Daniels Charitable Foundation. Dedication Ceremony for the Unveiling of the Statue of Josephus Daniels : September 24, 1985, Nash Square, Raleigh, North Carolina, (Raleigh, NC: Josephus Daniels Charitable Foundation, 1985), in the North Carolina Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      Laibe, Constance. "Statue Unveiled in Nash Square," The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), September 25, 1985

      Waymarking.com. "Josephus Daniels; Editor, Author, Public Official," (accessed December 15, 2011) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    The statue is constructed of metal atop a granite base and placed on a concrete foundation.

  • Sponsors

    Josephus Daniels Charitable Foundation

  • Subject Notes

    Daniels was well known in North Carolina for his position as editor of the News and Observer from 1894 to 1948. At the national level, he became a well-known statesman after he served two government jobs; he was the Secretary of the Navy from 1913 to 1921 and served as the ambassador to Mexico from 1933 to 1942.

  • Location

    The monument is located in the far right corner of Nash Square near the corner of West Hargett Street and South McDowell Street.

  • Landscape

    There are a few bushes and a medium size tree near the monument. The monument itself is located on the side of the walkway.

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