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High Point in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Plank Road Foreman

 
 
The Plank Road Foreman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, June 17, 2021
1. The Plank Road Foreman Marker
Inscription.  
This statue of a Plank Road Foreman is dedicated to the establishment of the City of High Point and in honor of the men and women who worked in local industries and businesses that made it famous.

In the 1840’s and 1850’s construction was commenced on the 130 mile plank road from Fayetteville to Salem. This intersection of the Fayetteville and Western Plank Road with the North Carolina Railroad resulted in a settlement that grew to become known as High Point.

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David A. Dowdy, Jr.
The “Plank Road Foreman” was the idea, creation and labor of love of High Point native son, David A. Dowdy, Jr. Through his careful research of the era in North Carolina’s history that produced the Plank Road, Mr. Dowdy has sculpted a timeless reminder of the great vision shown by our City and State in this early example of economic development. Completely self-taught in this medium of expression, High Point’s widely acclaimed sculptor has generously contributed to his hometown all of the labor and artistry for this magnificent statue. It now becomes a part of his other public pieces which include Alexander
The Plank Road Foreman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, June 17, 2021
2. The Plank Road Foreman Marker
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Graham Bell in Charlotte, George Watts Hill at the UNC Alumni Center in Chapel Hill and Senator Jesse Helms in the Jesse Helms Center at Wingate, NC.

Plank Road Foreman Statue Committee

Through efforts of the following High Pointers, the “Plank Road Foreman” can now be shared, enjoyed and remembered for many generations to come:

Aaron N. Clinard             James H. Millis, Sr.
David A. Dowdy, Jr.             James “Jim” F. Morgan

Dedicated 2004

 
Erected 2004 by Plank Road Foreman Statue Committee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 2004.
 
Location. 35° 57.443′ N, 80° 0.352′ W. Marker is in High Point, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker is at the intersection of N Main Street (U.S. 311 BUS) and W High Avenue, on the right when traveling south on N Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: High Point NC 27265, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. High Point (here, next to this marker); Plank Road (a few steps from this marker); Maxwell Reid "Max" Thurman (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial
The Plank Road Foreman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, June 17, 2021
3. The Plank Road Foreman Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Arms Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); High Point Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); African Americans in World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in High Point.
 
Donors Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2010
4. Donors Plaque
This is a previous iteration of the donor plaque. The rear of the monument lists people who made the "Plank Road Foreman" possible.
The Plank Road Foreman image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2010
5. The Plank Road Foreman
The Plank Road Foreman Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, June 17, 2021
6. The Plank Road Foreman Statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 921 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   4, 5. submitted on September 4, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   6. submitted on June 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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May. 24, 2022