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  • Monument Name

    Dr. Annie Alexander, Charlotte

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Historic Philanthropic Figures

    Historic Women Figures

    Historic Medical Figures

  • Creator

    Jane DeDecker, Colorado, Sculptor

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    The bronze statue to Dr. Annie Alexander stands approximately 7.5 feet tall. Her simple full length dress and hair style are typical of the 1890s. She stands with both hands crossed in front holding a physician’s bag.

  • Dedication Date

    June 4, 2022

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.217730 , -80.832770 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Series

    Trail of History, Charlotte

  • Supporting Sources

      Dudley J. Harold, 1979. “Alexander, Annie Lowrie,”, (accessed June 21, 2023) Link

      “Annie Lowrie Alexander (1964-1929)," North Carolina Project,, (accessed June 21, 2023) Link

      “Dr. Annie Alexander (1864-1929,” Trail of History, (accessed June 21, 2023) Link

      “Dr. Annie Alexander Statue Is,” The Charlotte Weekly (Charlotte, NC), June 6, 2022, (accessed June 21, 2023) Link

      “Honoring Women,”, (accessed June 21, 2023) Link

      “Jane DeDecker,”, (accessed June 21, 2023 ) Link

      “North Carolina’s 1st Female Physician Statue Unveiled Along Charlotte’s Trail of History,” WCCB, June 4, 2022,, (accessed June 21, 2023) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques


  • Sponsors

    Trail of History Inc. and Novant Health Foundation

  • Subject Notes

    Annie Alexander was the first female with a medical license (obtained in 1885 from the Maryland Board of Medical Examiners) to practice in the south. She had pursued a medical career with the encouragement and tutoring of her physician father, Dr. John Brevard Alexander, after the death of a female refused treatment by a male doctor. She graduated from the Philadelphia Female College in 1884 and returned to Charlotte in 1885. She then traveled by horse and buggy providing healthcare, particularly to women and children. Her life was devoted to the service of others and she was active in efforts to improve public health, particularly of school children. When World War One broke out she was commissioned as a Lieutenant with the responsibility of preventing communicable diseases present in schools from spreading to the nearby army base of Camp Greene.

  • Location

    The Dr. Annie Alexander statue is located on the Trail of History that follows the Little Sugar Creek Greenway close to the intersection of Elizabeth and Kings Drive. This statue is one of 21 existing or planned statues along the trail, the first of which was The Spirit of Mecklenburg.

  • Landscape

    The Trail of History near uptown Charlotte follows the Little Sugar Creek greenway. The greenway runs four miles along the small stream lined with trees, shrubbery, flowering plants and places for seating.

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