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  • Monument Name

    John D. Xanthos Statue, Graham

  • Type

    Statue

  • Subjects

    Historic Civic Figures

  • Creator

    Mark Parmenter, Sculptor

    White River Foundry, Foundry

  • City

    Graham

  • County

    Alamance

  • Description

    Xanthos, a prominent Alamance County attorney and public defender, is depicted in bronze, confidently striding forward. Dressed in a suit and wearing glasses, the figure holds a briefcase in his right hand and a stack of papers in his left.

    Images: Bust | View from right | Plaque

  • Inscription

    JOHN D. XANTHOS / DEC. 8, 1916 - JUNE 8, 1991 / THE PEOPLE'S ADVOCATE

  • Custodian

    Town of Graham

  • Dedication Date

    2003

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.069110 , -79.403200 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Historic Walking Tour," City of Graham, (accessed August 29, 2020) Link

      Fuchs, Mike. "Statue Planned to Honor Lawyer Xanthos..." News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.), Dec 20, 1999, greensboro.com, (accessed December 9, 2020) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite

  • Sponsors

    Alamance County attorneys and friends of Xanthos

  • Subject Notes

    John D. Xanthos (1916-1991) was an attorney in Graham. He dedicated his life to serving the public in both his career and personal life. He began practicing law in 1946, shortly after returning to the United States as a WWII Veteran. The Wilmington native and World War II veteran was an active volunteer with the Burlington chapter of the Lions Club, the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross.

  • Location

    The monument sits in front of the Alamance County Criminal Courts building on Elm Street.

  • Landscape

    The statue sits on the walkway to the right of the front entrance to the building, inches from the exterior windows. The lawn and low plantings are adjacent to the walkway.

  • Relocated

    Yes

  • Former Locations

    The statue was originally located next to the U.S. Bicentennial Marker at the front entrance of the Alamance County Civil Courts Building, a block away on Elm Street. It was relocated sometime between 2010 and 2012.

  • Approval Process

    A committee led by then Register of Deeds David Barber commissioned the statue in 1999.

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