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  • Monument Name

    Julius LeVonne Chambers, Charlotte

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Historic Educational Figures

    Historic Legal Figures

    Historic African American Figures

    African American Monuments

  • Creator

    Ed Hamilton, Louisville, KY, Sculptor

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    The bronze statue to Julius LeVonne Chambers is seven-feet tall and weighs 700 lbs. He is dressed in a business suit, wearing glasses, with briefcase in his proper left hand. He is striding forward in a pose that invokes confidence and purpose.

  • Dedication Date

    October 30, 2021

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.208320 , -80.836140 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Series

    Trail of History, Charlotte

  • Supporting Sources

      Burkins, Glen. “Statue Honoring Julius Chambers Unveiled on Charlotte’s Trail of History,” QCity Metro (Charlotte, NC), November 1, 2021, (accessed June 27, 2023) Link

      Donnelly, Claire. “Charlotte Civil Rights Leader Julius Chambers Honored With Greenway Trail of History Statue,” WUNC, November 1, 2021, (accessed June 27, 2023) Link

      Porter, Kyle and Scott, Jordan, 2018. “With All Deliberate Speed: The Pearsall Plan,”, (accessed June 27, 2023) Link

      “Julius LeVonne Chambers,” Trail of History,, (accessed June 27, 2023) Link

      “Statue Honoring Civil Rights Leader Julius L. Chambers Unveiled Along Charlotte’s Trail of History,” WBTV, October 30, 2021, (accessed June 27, 2023) Link

      “The Works,” Ed Hamilton Studios,, (accessed June 27, 2023) Link

      “Trail of History-Civil Rights Attorney Julius Chambers,”, (accessed June 27, 2023) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques


  • Sponsors

    Trail of History Inc.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    David Taylor, President and CEO of the Harvey G. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture said, “This statue memorializes Mr. Julius Chambers and the era of Civil Rights in Mecklenburg County that reshaped America. The sculptor Ed. Hamilton was also present at the dedication saying “I hope this statue provides proper context for the community, so children can aspire to achieve as he did and discover ways to help accomplish his goal of justice for all.”

  • Subject Notes

    Julius LeVonne Chambers was a prominent Civil Rights attorney whose desire to pursue a law career was fueled when his father’s auto repair business became a target of racial injustice in 1948 in his hometown of Mt. Gilead, NC. After earning an undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University and then a law degree from Columbia University he served as an intern with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF). Then in 1964 he opened a law practice in Charlotte, which eventually became the first integrated law firm in North Carolina. This firm has been credited with influencing more landmark state and federal legislation in school desegregation, employment and voting rights than any firm in the country. This firm along with lawyers of the LDF won benchmark United States Supreme Court rulings such as the famous decision of Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education (1971), which led to federally mandated busing, helping integrate public schools across the country. They also won in two of the Supreme Court’s most important employment discrimination decisions, Griggs v. Duke Power Co. (1971) and Albemarle Paper Co. v. Moody (1974). In total Chambers argued eight cases before the Supreme Court, winning all. Chambers' efforts did not go unnoticed by white supremacists. His car was destroyed with a bomb, his home was bombed and his Charlotte law office firebombed.

    In 1984 he left his law firm to become director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In 1993 he returned to his alma mater, North Carolina Central University (NCCU), serving as chancellor until 2001. In 2002 Chambers became director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights in the University of North Carolina School of Law.

  • Location

    The statue is located on the Trail of History close to the main fountain at the intersection of Torrence Street 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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