I found myself in Raleigh, North Carolina this month on a very quick business trip. I have been to Raleigh before, and it is a lovely city. It is very close to the beaches of the Outer Banks, relatively close to the mountains, and full of its own charm. The hotel where I stayed during this very quick trip happened to be literally across the street from North Carolina State and its famous Memorial Bell Tower.
The Memorial was designed by William H. Deacy. Deacy is known for monuments and his other works include the Boy Scout Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Arkansas Memorial at the Vicksburg National Battlefield. NC State has a great page (see here) devoted to the history of the tower so I will not duplicate that information.
The tower is bathed in red lights only on special occasions. I was unable to find out exactly why the red lights were on during my visit which was before both the Fall 2022 Commencement and the upcoming Duke's Mayo Bowl game in Charlotte where the NC State Wolfpack is scheduled to play the University of Maryland.
Since this was the only element of the campus I was able to photograph, I will leave the history and other information about NC State for another post.
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