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  • Monument Name

    Andrew Johnson Birthplace, Raleigh

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

  • City

    Raleigh

  • County

    Wake

  • Description

    The Andrew Johnson Birthplace marker is a nearly one ton granite bolder roughhewn into the form of a headstone with a flat arch top. The simple unadorned bronze plaque is inset into the stone.

    Images: Street view | Commemorative plaque

  • Inscription

    125 FEET EAST OF THIS POINT / ANDREW JOHNSON / SEVENTEENTH PRESIDENT / WAS BORN DEC. 29, 1808

  • Custodian

    City of Raleigh

  • Dedication Date

    September 4, 1928

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.778540 , -78.639080 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Cross, Jerry L. “Andrew Johnson Birthplace,” NCPedia.org, (accessed November 30, 2016) Link

      Morris, John. “Another Marker Returns (Sort of),” Goodnight Raleigh, http://goodnightraleigh.com, (accessed November 30, 2016) Link

      “1834 Birthplace, Andrew Johnson’s Raleigh, NC,” in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (PO77), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link

      “Andrew Johnson Birth Site,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed November 30, 2016) Link

      “Andrew Johnson Birthplace – Raleigh, North Carolina,” PresidentsUSA.net, (accessed November 30, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    Andrew Johnson Memorial Association

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication service began one block away in the State Capital building with former Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels presiding. Speakers were Johnson biographer, Judge Robert W. Winston, and Col. Andrews J. Patterson a grandson of President Johnson. The actual unveiling was done by Miss Johnson Margaret Patterson of Greenville, Tennessee, a great-granddaughter of the President.

  • Subject Notes

    The building thought to be the birthplace of Andrew Johnson is extant. It has been relocated several times in its history and now resides in Mordecai Historic Park near downtown Raleigh.

  • Location

    The marker is located on the east side of the 100 block of Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC, along a footpath that runs between the Empire Properties Building and a parking deck.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands at a corner of a building, surrounded by bushes.

  • Former Locations

    It was originally located in front of the Ambassador Theater that stood at the north end of the 100 block of Fayetteville Street and was removed in the mid-1970s during the conversion of that street into a pedestrian mall.

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