Before heading out to Arizona to visit my dad, I had to take a short day trip to Raleigh to renew my ID or run the risk of being denied from boarding a plane. I literally hopped on a bus to Raleigh, stopped by DMV, then came back byb bus. But between the DMV and when my bus was heading back, I took a walk downtown near the state capitol and some of the museums.
Zebulon Baird Vance (May 13, 1830 – April 14, 1894) was a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, the 37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina, and U.S. Senator. A prodigious writer, Vance became one of the most influential Southern leaders of the Civil War and postbellum periods.
Several locations and schools in North Carolina bear Vance’s name:
- The town of Zebulon, in Wake County
- The town of Vanceboro, North Carolina
- Vance County on the North Carolina – Virginia border
- Zebulon B. Vance High School in Charlotte
- Zeb Vance Elementary School in Kittrell
- Vance Masonic Lodge A.F.&A.M. #293 in Weaverville
- In World War II, the United States liberty ship SS Zebulon B. Vance was named in his honor.
Ensign Worth Bagley (April 6, 1874 – May 11, 1898) was a United States Navy officer during the Spanish-American War, distinguished as the only U.S. naval officer killed in action during that war.
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, he graduated at the United States Naval Academy in 1895. After serving two years on the USS Montgomery, Texas, and Maine, he was made ensign, July 1, 1897. In November he was appointed inspector of the new torpedo-boat Winslow, and when she went into commission on December 28, he was made her executive officer under Lieutenant J. B. Bernadou.
In April 1898, the Winslow was, with the fleet, mobilized for operations in Cuban waters. On the morning of May 11 the ship went with the Hudson and the Wilmington to force the entrance to the harbor of Cárdenas. She was fired upon by the Spanish gunboat Antonio López, and immediately there was a general engagement. The Winslow was soon disabled, and was with difficulty hauled out of range of the Spanish guns. Just as the engagement ended, Ensign Bagley and four sailors were killed by a shell.
The first three USS Bagley’s, Torpedo Boat No. 24, Destroyer No. 185, and DD-386, were named for Ensign Worth Bagley. The fourth, DE-1069, honors both Worth Bagley and his brother, Admiral David W. Bagley.
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 of apoplexy on a train taking William Jennings Bryan from Raleigh to Greensboro. He was 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