“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Halifax in Halifax County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)


Independence Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 14, 2009
1. Independence Marker
Inscription.  The “Halifax Resolves,” first formal sanction of American Independence, adopted in this town, april 12, 1776.
Erected 1939 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number E-3.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1781.
Location. 36° 19.289′ N, 77° 35.593′ W. Marker is in Halifax, North Carolina, in Halifax County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 301 and South King Street (Business U.S. 301), on the left when traveling south on U.S. 301. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Halifax NC 27839, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington’s Southern Tour (here, next to this marker); The Halifax Resolves (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornwallis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hutchins G. Burton (about 400 feet away); Willie Jones (about 500 feet away); Ram Albemarle (approx. 0.4 miles away); John H. Eaton (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Colonial Churchyard" (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
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Two Markers at Southern Entrance to Halifax image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 14, 2009
2. Two Markers at Southern Entrance to Halifax
Third marker, "Cornwallis," can be seen at the far left on the 301 bypass. U.S. 301 Business heads to town on the right.
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 The Halifax Resolves. From the State Library of North Carolina’s online eNCyclopedia: “North Carolina, on April 12, 1776, authorized her delegates to the Continental Congress to vote for independence. This was the first official action by a colony calling for independence. The 83 delegates present in Halifax at the Fourth Provincial Congress unanimously adopted the Halifax Resolves ... The Halifax Resolves were important not only because they were the first official action calling for independence, but also because they were not unilateral recommendations. They were instead recommendations directed to all the colonies and their delegates assembled at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Virginia followed with her own recommendations soon after the adoption of the Halifax Resolution, and eventually on July 4, the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed.” (Submitted on February 16, 2009.) 
Additional commentary.
1. The Halifax Resolves
“The Select Committee taking into Consideration the usurpations and violences attempted and committed by the King and Parliament of Britain against America, and the further Measures to be taken for frustrating the same, and for the better defence of this province
The Halifax Resolves Sesquicentennial image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 14, 2009
3. The Halifax Resolves Sesquicentennial
This tablet was placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1926 on the 150 anniversary of The Halifax Resolves. It reads, "In commemoration of The Halifax Resolves adopted April 12, 1776. The North Carolina Declaration of Independence. Erected by the Elizabeth Montford Ashe Chapter, D.A.R."
reported as follows, to wit,

“It appears to your Committee that pursuant to the Plan concerted by the British Ministry for subjugating America, the King and Parliament of Great Britain have usurped a Power over the Persons and Properties of the People unlimited and uncontrouled and disregarding their humble Petitions for Peace, Liberty and safety, have made divers Legislative Acts, denouncing War Famine and every Species of Calamity daily employed in destroying the People and committing the most horrid devastations on the Country. That Governors in different Colonies have declared Protection to Slaves who should imbrue their Hands in the Blood of their Masters. That the Ships belonging to America are declared prizes of War and many of them have been violently seized and
confiscated in consequence of which multitudes of the people have been destroyed or from easy Circumstances reduced to the most Lamentable distress.

“And whereas the moderation hitherto manifested by the United Colonies and their sincere desire to be reconciled to the mother Country on Constitutional Principles, have procured no mitigation of the aforesaid Wrongs and usurpations and no hopes remain of obtaining redress by those Means alone which have been hitherto tried, Your Committee are of Opinion that the house should enter into the following Resolve, to wit

The DAR Halifax Resolves Tablet image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 14, 2009
4. The DAR Halifax Resolves Tablet
The tablet is near the marker at a small triangular park between U.S. 301 and U.S. 301 Business at the southern end of Halifax.
that the delegates for this Colony in the Continental Congress be impowered to concur with the other delegates of the other Colonies in declaring Independency, and forming foreign Alliances, resolving to this Colony the Sole, and Exclusive right of forming a Constitution and Laws for this Colony, and of appointing delegates from time to time (under the direction of a general Representation thereof) to meet the delegates of the other Colonies for such purposes as shall be hereafter pointed out.”
    — Submitted February 16, 2009.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 906 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 16, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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