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Sir Walter Statue to Return Downtown

Posted July 20, 2007
Updated July 23, 2007

— The bronze statue of Sir Walter Raleigh that used to stand on the Fayetteville Street Mall will return downtown Saturday night as part of the Raleigh Wide Open 2 celebration, Mayor Charles Meeker said Friday.

The 11-foot statue was removed from downtown in April 2005 as the pedestrian mall was removed so Fayetteville Street could be reopened to traffic. A Cincinnati company has cleaned and repaired it over the past 15 months, officials said.

The statue, sculpted in Italy and dedicated in 1976 as part of the national bicentennial celebration, will reside at the corner of South and Salisbury streets, outside the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

When the new downtown convention center opens next year, Sir Walter will move across Salisbury Street and take up a post outside the entrance to the convention center, officials said.


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  • oldrebel Jul 21, 2007

    I would prefer the statue of Halle in downtown Raleigh. It would have a calming influence on the teeming masses. Poor ole Sir Walter looks totally whimsical in those pantaloons.

  • Longshanks Jul 20, 2007


  • Rufus Williams Jul 20, 2007

    They should have never taken Sir Walter Raleigh to Southeast Raleigh because I saw him today with a plastic bag wrapped around his head and tied to a light pole. Such disrespect.

  • Mr. French Jul 20, 2007

    Did someone say "Elvis"?

  • simplelogic Jul 20, 2007

    Seeingthru, you're absolutely right - the poor fellow has no pelvis.

  • DayumKrazy1 Jul 20, 2007

    EDF doesn't like the truth, oh well don't hate just get over it!!

  • Gandalf Jul 20, 2007

    Is Halle's statue gonna be topless? That information could sway certain voters.

  • EDF Jul 20, 2007

    Iamforjustice..........what good did Halle Berry do for you?

  • EDF Jul 20, 2007

    DayumKrazy1..........spoken like a true Tar Hole.

  • Jake Wildstar Jul 20, 2007

    iamforjustice, he is the city is named after! But on the other hand, Im all for a statue of Halle Berry too:)