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Pembroke in Robeson County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Honorable Hamilton McMillan

1837–1915

 

— State Legislator, Educator, and Historian —

 
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By J. J. Prats, February 18, 2017
1. Honorable Hamilton McMillan Marker
Inscription.  Sponsored legislation in 1885 establishing public schools for Indians of Robeson County. In 1887 he introduced legislation to establish Croatan Normal School — now Pembroke State University.
 
Erected 1987.
 
Location. 34° 41.088′ N, 79° 12.034′ W. Marker is in Pembroke, North Carolina, in Robeson County. Marker is on West Railroad Street west of North Odum Street, on the left when traveling west. It is at the Old Main building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pembroke NC 28372, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. University of N. C. at Pembroke (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Berry Lowrie (approx. ¼ mile away); Croatan Normal School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Burnt Swamp Association (approx. 4.1 miles away); Raft Swamp (approx. 8 miles away); Flora MacDonald College (approx. 9.2 miles away); Angus W. McLean (approx. 9.3 miles away); Floral College (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pembroke.
 
Also see . . .
1. NCpedia Entry for Hamilton McMillan. “In
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By J. J. Prats, February 18, 2017
2. The Honorable Hamilton McMillan
The bronze statue was sculpted by Paul Van Zandt.
1868 McMillan was licensed and began to practice law in Wadesboro. He soon returned to Red Springs, however, and resumed teaching as well as practicing law. Here he became interested in the historical background of the Indians of Robeson County. His inclination towards research led him to undertake an investigation of their past, and he came to believe that they were descendants of Sir Walter Raleigh’s ‘Lost Colony’ of 1587. In 1885, the three hundredth anniversary year of the departure of the Ralph Lane colony from Roanoke Island, McMillan published a pamphlet on the Lost Colony that presented his personal conclusions linking the Croatan Indians and the English colonies to the Robeson County Indians. His conclusion was based on what he considered to be evidence of old English pronunciations used by these Indians and the occurrence of some family names of Roanoke colonists among them.” (Submitted on March 25, 2017.) 

2. Video interviews about statue restoration. A short, 5 minute, video with interviews with Paul Van Zandt, the original sculptor, and others involved with the restoration. (Submitted on March 31, 2019, by Michael Litty of Laurinburg, North Carolina.) 
 
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