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The statuesque President McIver turns 100

As student tours pass the McIver statue, it’s a great opportunity to talk about the university’s early days – and its founder.

Dr. Charles Duncan McIver.

The year 2012 marks the centennial of the McIver statue.

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives have created an exhibition to mark the statue’s 100th anniversary.

The exhibit contains historic artifacts and photographs relating to the founder and the statue.

McIver was president from the founding in 1891 to his death in 1906.

The statue was dedicated on Founders Day, October 5, 1912. It stood in front of the original McIver Building, facing Foust Park and Spring Garden. In 1960, it was moved to its current spot, in front of Jackson Library.

For several decades, a tradition developed of painting or decorating the statue for various occasions. For example, one archival photograph shows it wearing rabbit ears on Easter in the 1960s. The statue was cleaned and restored in the 1990s, and the tradition came to an end.

More information is available at the exhibition in Jackson Library and at the blog post http://uncgspecial.blogspot.com/2012/05/mciver-statue-centennial-1912-2012.html