Leonidas Jones Memorial, Buffalo Cemetery, Sanford
Wallace Durham, Charlotte, Sculptor
The gray granite monument was erected in honor of Colonel Leonidas C. Jones, the former
superintendent of the Carolina Central Railroad Company. It stands about 18 ft. high, built in
three sections on a granite base with polished sides. The crown of the shaft’s cap is a triangular
Images: Far-off view | Right side | Rear side | Left side
Front: LEONIDAS CAMPBELL JONES
Right: BORN IN RICHMOND, VA. / DIED IN WILMINGTON, N.C. / 1830 – 1889
Left Side: TRUE TO HIS GOD, HIS / FELLOW MAN, AND to HIM / SELF
Rear: A TRIBUTE FROM THE / OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES / OF THE CAROLINA CENTRAL / RAILROAD TO THEIR LATE SU / PERINTENDENT.
Buffalo Presbyterian Church
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"The Monument to Col. Jones," The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), September 10, 1890
“Buffalo Cemetery,” Find A Grave, www.findagrave.com, (accessed November 6, 2015) Link
“Leonidas Campbell Jones Diaries, 1864-1889,” The Southern Historical Collection, The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, (accessed September 30, 2015) Link
“Monument To Col. L.C. Jones,” The Wilmington Morning Star (Wilmington, NC), May 11, 1890, 1
“The Monument To Col. Jones.,” Jonesboro Leader (Jonesboro, NC), September 10, 1890, 8
Iredell County Granite
Carolina Central Railroad Company officers and employees
Leonidas Campbell Jones of Jonesboro was superintendent of the Western Railroad in Fayetteville and later superintendent of the North Carolina Central Railroad headquartered in Wilmington. The Southern Historical Collection at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library (UNC-Chapel Hill) holds diaries of Jones which document his travels throughout North Carolina in the period just after the Civil War and other matters relating to railroad business.
The memorial is located in the center of older section of the Buffalo Presbyterian Church Cemetery, at 1333 Carthage St., Sanford, NC.
The grave site is surrounded on all sides by tombstones.