Andy Griffith Monument, Raleigh

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Andy Griffith Monument, Raleigh. Photo courtesy Donald Burgess Tilley Jr.
 
Andy Griffith Monument
Raleigh
View complete article and references at Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina at: http://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/monument/119
 
Description: A bronze statue depicting widower Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) and his young son, Opie (Ron Howard). The statue depicts the scene where father and son are walking a dirt road with their fishing poles during the opening sequence and theme song of the show.
Images: Front View | Left View | Right View | Back View | Plaque
Inscription:
Plaque on the left:
the Andy Griffith Show / a simpler time a sweeter place / a lesson a laugh / a father and a son / Presented by the people of TV LAND

 
Dedication date: 10/28/2003
Creator: TV Land, Designer Stuart Williamson, Sculptor Studio EIS, Builder
 
Materials & Techniques: The Andy Taylor & Opie bronze statues were created by Studio EIS, a three-dimensional design and sculpture studio in New York founded by brothers Ivan and Elliot Schwartz.
 
Sponsor: TV Land
 
Controversies: Mount Airy citizens opposed the statue in Raleigh because they believed the statue belonged in their home town. It has been vandalized several times. See more about the Andy Griffith Monument in Mount Airy.
 
Landscape: The monument is located in Pullen Park in Raleigh.
 
City: Raleigh
 
County: Wake
 
Subjects: Historic Cultural Figures
 

 

Latitude: 
35.77961
Longitude: 
-78.66403
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Comments

I have always enjoyed watching the Andy Griffith Show growing up as a kid and I still enjoy watching the reruns today. The chemistry between Barney and Andy were some of the best on TV. I also love all the characters on the show including little Opie. The films that Don Knotts did after his time on the Andy Griffith show were also very good. I am also a fan of the Gomer Pyle sitcom which was a great spinoff from the Andy Griffith Show. The Mayberry RFD was another good show on TV. I have always thought to this day that Aunt Bee was a perfect fit for both series. I even have a metal sing hanging in my garage at my home of Barney Fife in uniform loading his one bullet in his revolver.

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