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  • Monument Name

    E.E. Smith Memorial, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Educational Figures

    Historic African American Figures

    African American Monuments

  • City

    Fayetteville

  • County

    Cumberland

  • Description

    The granite memorial to E.E. Smith is 7-feet tall at its highest point and 10-feet wide. It consists of a central plinth with a low pyramid shaped cap. Connected to either side of the plinth at the half-way point is an abacus supported by a square block at the end with two short Roman Tuscan style columns in between. The entire structure rests on a double base. Inscriptions are engraved on both sides of the plinth. A circular one foot tall wrought iron fence surrounds the memorial. In 1993 a time capsule to be opened in 2018 was placed at the base of the memorial.

    Images: Front inscription | Rear inscription | Rear view | Time capsule | Distant view

  • Inscription

    Front: EZEKIEL EZRA SMITH / 1952 – 1933 / EDUCATOR / DIPLOMAT / SOLDIER / CLERGYMAN / APOSTLE OF / INTERRACIAL GOOD WILL

    Rear: PRESIDENT / FAYETTEVILLE STATE / NORMAL SCHOOL / UNITED STATES MINISTER / TO LIBERIA / ADJUTANT / THIRD NORTH CAROLINA / VOLUNTEER INFANTRY / PASTOR / FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH / FAYETTEVILLE
    THIS MONUMENT / ERECTED BY / GENERAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION / AND FRIENDS OF / BOTH RACES

  • Custodian

    Fayetteville State University

  • Dedication Date

    Circa 1950

  • Decade

    1950s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.072000 , -78.892680 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      No related materials.

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    General Alumni Association

  • Subject Notes

    Dr. E.E. (Ezekiel Ezra) Smith was a respected African American educator who headed Fayetteville State University for 50 years. He was born to free black parents in Duplin County and commenced his formal education after the Civil War at a Freedmen’s Bureau School in Wilmington. He graduated from Shaw University in Raleigh in 1878 and then took charge of a school in Goldsboro as principal. In 1883 E. E. Smith succeeded the writer Charles W. Chesnutt as the head of the State Colored Normal School in Fayetteville. The school changed names to Fayetteville State Teachers College in 1939 and Fayetteville State University in 1969. He also served as an ambassador to Liberia, as the adjutant of the 3rd NC Regiment during the Spanish-American War and founded North Carolina's first black newspaper.

  • Location

    The memorial is at the edge of a parking lot that can be accessed from Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive near an intersection with W.T. Brown Drive on the campus of Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is surrounded by flowers and seasonal greenery, planted behind a low iron fence.

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