Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower


Stock #: 273380
Type: Postcard
Era: Chrome
City: Chapel Hill
State: North Carolina (NC)
County: Durham,Orange
Publisher: Hugh Morton
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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On the campus of The University of North Carolina, it was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1931. John Motley Morehead, Class of 1891, and Rufus Lenoir Patterson II funded the bell tower's construction. Rising 172 feet, and surrounded by a hedge and lawn, it was designed by William C. Coker, botany professor and creator of the campus Arboretum. The tower's belfry once contained a carillon of twelve manually operated bells; now there are fourteen mechanized ones. The largest bell is inscribed "Governor John Motley Morehead," the tower creator's grandfather, and the second largest bears the name of William Lenoir. Both men played prominent roles in university and state history

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