NC State Highway Marker To Honor Madison Native

North Carolina State Highway Marker honoring Madison native to be unveiled on July 30

(Wentworth, NC) – The Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) will hold a program at the Madison / Mayodan Library on July 30, at 3 p.m. to dedicate and unveil a new North Carolina State Highway Marker for Robert Opie Lindsay, a World War I fighter pilot ace who was born near Madison.

Lindsay attended NC A&M and then joined the U.S. Army Air Service. Between September and October 1918, Lindsay shot down six German planes, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Lindsay returned to service during WWII and was co-founder of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, a forerunner to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Ceremony will include several speakers, included noted local historian and author Charles Rodenbough and Muriel Lindsay, Robert Opie Lindsay’s daughter. Following the program, the group will relocate to the Highway Marker, located about one mile from Lindsay’s birthplace on Highway 311 near Lindsey Bridge Road, for the unveiling.

“The MARC is thrilled to have the opportunity to honor the courage and accomplishments of Robert Opie Lindsay with a State Highway Marker,” said MARC Executive Director Jordan Rossi. “History happens all around us, and these Highway Markers serve as excellent reminders of the important role Rockingham County residents, such as Lindsay, have played here and throughout the world.”

The North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program is one of the oldest such programs in continuous operation in the United States. In 1935 the North Carolina General Assembly authorized the establishment of the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program. From that time forward, the program has been administered as a cooperative venture among state agencies. It is presently the joint responsibility of the Historical Research Office, Division of Historical Resources, Department of Cultural Resources, and the Traffic Engineering Branch, Division of Highways, Department of Transportation.

The program will be held at the Madison-Mayodan Public Library, located at 611 Burton Street Madison, NC 27025. Refreshments will be available at 2:30. There is no fee to attend this program.

MARC Press Release

For Immediate Release

 Contact:         Jordan Rossi, Director

Agency:          Museum & Archives of Rockingham County

P.O. Box 84, Wentworth, NC 27375

1086 NC Highway 65 Wentworth, NC 27375

(336) 634-4949


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