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Archer in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Thomas Gilbert Pearson

1873-1943

 
 
Thomas Gilbert Pearson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2013
1. Thomas Gilbert Pearson Marker
Inscription.  Thomas Gilbert Pearson was an ornithologist, college professor, and world leader of the bird preservation movement. Pearson grew up in Archer, where he collected bird skins and eggs and taught himself ornithology to pay for his schooling at Guilford College in North Carolina. Pearson donated his collection to the college museum and served as curator. He taught at Guilford and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He joined the American Ornithologists' Union, which initiated the Audubon movement to protect the nation's rapidly declining bird populations. He founded and directed the Audubon Society of North Carolina, the South's first state wildlife commission. He served successively as secretary and president of what is now the National Audubon Society. The Audubon movement changed public attitudes toward birds, and was instrumental in obtaining government action that saved millions of birds and brought several species back from the verge of extinction. The movement also helped lay the foundation for a global effort to save the earth's diverse biological systems. Pearson is buried in Greensboro, North Carolina. His parents and brother
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Erected 2000 by Alachua County Historical Commission, City of Archer Alachua Historical Society, and Alachua County Commission and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-420.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEducationScience & Medicine.
 
Location. 29° 31.689′ N, 82° 31.136′ W. Marker is in Archer, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is at the intersection of South University Avenue (U.S. 27/41) and SW 137th Ave, on the right when traveling north on South University Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Archer FL 32618, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Archer School Gymnasium (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archer Veterans (about 300 feet away); Bethlehem Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Archer (approx. ¼ mile away); David Levy Yulee and Cotton Wood Plantation (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Wilson Robinson Memorial Pavilion (approx. half a mile away); Bethlehem Methodist Episcopal Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Peter Cemetery of Archer (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Archer.
 
Thomas Gilbert Pearson Marker near the intersection of South University Avenue and SW 137 Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2013
2. Thomas Gilbert Pearson Marker near the intersection of South University Avenue and SW 137 Avenue
Thomas Gilbert Pearson Marker looking soutbound along South University Avenue US 27/ 41 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2013
3. Thomas Gilbert Pearson Marker looking soutbound along South University Avenue US 27/ 41
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,102 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on December 7, 2013, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 7, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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