Memorial to Heroes of the World War, Pittsboro (Removed)
The memorial is a simple rectangular stone tablet with inscriptions in relief. A decorative shield with stars at the top and horizontal bars beneath appears between the dates 1917 and 1918. The plaque is five feet tall.
PITTSBORO HIGH SCHOOL / HONOR ROLL / 1917 1918 / THOSE WHO ANSWERED THEIR COUNTRY’S CALL / IN THE WORLD WAR / ARMY / [Two columns with 48 names] / NAVY / [Two columns with 19 names]
Chatham County Historical Association
May 8, 1922
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Chatham County Historical Association. "Pittsboro High School, NC ,” http://www.chathamhistory.org, (accessed January 10, 2020) Link
United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, October 25, 26, 27, 1921 (Gastonia, N.C.: Brumley-Walters Printing Co., 1922), 145, (accessed September 15, 2012) Link
United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Wilmington, North Carolina, October 10, 11, 12, 13, 1922 Silver Anniversary (Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton Printing Company, 1923), 141, (accessed September 15, 2012) Link
“Pittsboro High School,” The Chatham Record (Pittsboro, NC), May 12, 1922, 1
“Pittsboro School Commencement,” The Chatham Record (Pittsboro, NC), June 2, 1922, 1
United Daughters of the Confederacy, Winnie Davis Chapter
The dedication and unveiling was held as part of the Pittsboro High School commencement ceremony in May, 1922. The unveiling was reported as a fitting “close to honor those heroes who thwarted our foes.” Mrs. H.A. London presented the tablet to the school on behalf of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It was accepted on the school’s behalf by Professor E.R. Franklin and was unveiled by Miss Mary Carter Nooe. Dr. William Louis Poteat, Professor and President of Wake Forest College, was the keynote commencement speaker.
The plaque was first placed at the Pittsboro High School built in the early 1900’s. According to the information given by the Chatham County Historical Association, when that building was torn down the plaque came into possession of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313. Eventually it was included in a county history display in the Chatham County Courthouse. In May, 2010 a fire almost destroyed the courthouse but the plaque was not damaged. It was then placed in storage at the Chatham County Historical Society. The Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 hired a monument company to clean the plaque before putting it on display in their quarters.
The plaque is now mounted in a place of honor inside the Joe Wagner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7313, at 219 West Street, Pittsboro, North Carolina.
The plaque was first placed at the Pittsboro High School built in the early 1900’s. It was later put on the display in the Chatham County Courthouse and then in storage.