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Edgecombe County Markers
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Bricks — E-90 — Brick School
Established for blacks in 1895 through philanthropy of Mrs. Joseph K. Brick; became junior college in 1926. Closed, 1933. Buildings stood here. — Map (db m16244) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Princeville — E-97 — Freedom Hill
Community established here by freed blacks in 1865. Incorporated as Princeville in 1885. — Map (db m46096) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Princeville — Historic Princeville — From Slavery to Freedom Hill
During the Civil War, thousands of slaves escaped to U.S. Army lines, and more than thirty African Americans from Edgecombe County enlisted in the 35th, 36th, and 37th U.S. Colored Troops, 14th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery, and U.S. Navy. After the war, former slaves sought refuge at a U.S. Army camp located here on the plantations of John Lloyd and Lafayette Dancy. The freedmen called their settlement of huts and shanties on the Tar River floodplain Freedom Hill. Freedman Turner Prince, . . . — Map (db m74138) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Rocky Mount — E-117 — Anna Easter Brown — 1879-1957
A founder in 1908 of Alpha Kappa Alpha, nation’s oldest sorority for African Americans; history teacher. Her grave is Ό mile east. — Map (db m48677) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Rocky Mount — E-74 — Dred Wimberly
Former slave. Voted for better roads, schools, and colleges as State representative, 1879, 1887; and State senator, 1889. His home stands here. — Map (db m44998) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Rocky Mount — E-112 — Martin Luther King Jr. — 1929 ~ 1968
In his speech, Nov. 27, 1962, in gym 200 yards S.E., civil rights leader delivered refrain "I have a dream," used in Lincoln Memorial address, 1963. — Map (db m44900) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Rocky Mount — Miss Anna Easter Brown
Founding Member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Lived in this residence (1926-1857). Educator - Brick Junior College (1910-1926). Booker T. Washington High School (1926-1952). Historian - Annual Negro History Exhibit attracted national attention. Civic Leader - Charter member YWCA. Founding Member- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. First Sorority by African American College Women (1908). — Map (db m49016) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Rocky Mount — E-70 — William R. Cox
Confederate general. His brigade fought in last infantry action at Appomattox. Later Congressman; Secretary U.S. Senate. Home here. — Map (db m44997) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — Civil War Cemeteries — Buried with Honor
Civil War soldiers and veterans are buried in Calvary Episcopal Churchyard and Old Town Cemetery. Among the fifty Confederates interred in the churchyard are Gen. William Dorsey Pender and Lt. Col. John L. Bridges. In May 1863, Pender led a brigade at the Battle of Chancellorsville,"bearing the colors of a regiment in his own hands up to and over the entrenchments, with the most distinguished gallantry." He was mortally wounded during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, . . . — Map (db m45432) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — Edgecombe County Confederate Memorial
(Front):Erected in honor of The Confederate Soldiers of Edgecombe County. "Defenders of State Sovereignty." 1861 C.S.A. 1865 (Back):Erected Oct. 29, 1904 — Map (db m31099) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — E-116 — George H. White — 1852 ~ 1918
Represented the state's "Black Second" district, U.S. House, 1897-1901. Last black Southerner in Congress for 72 years. Lived two blocks east. — Map (db m45101) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — E-65 — Henry T. Clark
Governor of North Carolina, 1861-1862. Speaker of the State Senate. Helped organize the State for war. Grave is 3 blocks E. — Map (db m44999) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — E-85 — John C. Dancy — 1857 ~ 1920
Editor of A.M.E. Zion Church papers; orator; a delegate to Methodist world conference; customs collector of Wilmington. Home stood 3 blks. E. — Map (db m45347) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — E 95 — John Spencer Bassett — 1867 - 1928
Historian. Professor at Trinity College, 1894-1906. Secretary, Amer. Historical Association, 1919-1928. Born here. — Map (db m31106) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — E-96 — Joseph Blount Chesire, Jr. — 1850 ~ 1932
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of N.C., 1893-1932; lawyer & writer. Birthplace is one block W.; grave 100 yards S. — Map (db m46213) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — Occupation of Tarboro — "All were burned ..." — Potter's Raid
(Preface): On July 18, 1863 Union Gen. Edward E. Potter led infantry and cavalry from New Bern to destroy the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad bridge at Rocky Mount. The infantry feinted toward Kinston and retreated to New Bern. Potter raided Greenville, then sent part of his cavalry to Rocky Mount and occupied Tarboro. The raiders damaged or destroyed bridges, trains, munitions, and mills before returning to New Bern on July 23, but the Confederates restored rail service by Aug. 1. On . . . — Map (db m31074) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — Occupation of Tarboro — Daniel's Schoolhouse Engagement — Potters Raid
(Preface): On July 18, 1861, Union Gen. Edward E. Potter led infantry and cavalry from New Bern to destroy the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad bridge at Rocky Mount. The Infantry feinted toward Kinston and returned to New Bern. Potter raided Greenville, then sent part of his cavalry to Rocky Mount and occupied Tarboro. The raiders damaged or destroyed bridges, trains and mills before returning to New Bern on July 23, but the Confederates restored rail services by Aug. 1. . . . — Map (db m62211) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church — Historical Marker
St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church was organized on the fourth Sunday in March 1866 under the leadership of George C. Caine. The house of worship was erected on the corner of St. David and Granville Streets in 1869. We are grateful to God for those who laid the foundation of St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Tarboro, N.C. Among our most notable trustees were John C. Dancy, Jr., who was elected editor of the Star of Zion and trustee of Livingstone College in Salsbury, N.C. He was also . . . — Map (db m46638) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — E 18 — Town Common
Established in 1760 by the legislative act which crated the colonial town of Tarboro. — Map (db m31081) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — U.S.S. Maine Memorial
In Memoriam U.S.S. Maine Destroyed in Havana Harbor February 15th 1898 This tablet cast from metal recovered from the U.S.S. Maine Placed by John W. Cotten Camp No. 9 and Auxiliary United Spanish War Veterans — Map (db m31105) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — E-41 — W.D. Pender
Confederate major general; graduate of U.S. Military Academy, 1854. Mortally wounded at Gettysburg, age 29. Grave is 4 blocks east. — Map (db m44899) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — E-40 — W.L. Saunders
Editor "Colonial Records of North Carolina," Confederate colonel, N.C. Secretary of State, 1879-91. His grave is four blocks east. — Map (db m46603) HM
North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — E 24 — Washington's Southern Tour
President Washington spent the night, April 18, 1791, in the town of Tarboro. — Map (db m31083) HM
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