Charles Duncan McIver - Raleigh, NC
N 35° 46.807 W 078° 38.319
17S E 713431 N 3962132
Quick Description: A statue of Charles Duncan McIver, a renowned promoter of education in North Carolina in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, has him standing with a book in hand on the grounds of the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 1/22/2011 6:13:38 PM
Waymark Code: WMAJTA
"Charles Duncan McIver (September 27, 1860 - September 17, 1906) is known as the founder and first president of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He was born 1860 in Moore County, North Carolina and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, in 1881. McIver became a teacher in Durham and Winston North Carolina until 1889 when he and Edwin A. Alderman were chosen by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to hold teacher institutes across the state.
As a crusader for women's education, he was chosen President of the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG), which opened in 1892. He married Lula V. Martin and they had four children. He died on September 17, 1906 and is buried in Greensboro.
UNCG's McIver Street, McIver Building (both the current such building, and a previous building which occupied the same site), and (indirectly)McIver Parking Deck are named after him, and a statue (dubbed "Charlie" by students) was erected in his honor and it was a tradition to paint messages and clothes on the beloved founder until the donation of "The Rawk" in 1973. A duplicate statue is on the grounds of the North Carolina state capitol in Raleigh. He is the only person honored on Capitol Square who was not a political or military leader.
Schools named in his honor include the Charles McIver School in Kannapolis (opened in 1908, no longer in use) and the Charles Duncan McIver Special Education Center in Guilford County."
Inscriptions on the statue:
Charles Duncan McIver
Born 27th September 1860
Died 17th September 1906
"People not rocks and rivers and imaginary boundary lines-make a state: and the state is great just in proportion as its people are educated."
Founder and first president of the State Normal and Industrial College for Women
Erected by the school children, the teachers and his other friends and admirers