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First Call For Independence

 
 
First Call for Independence Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, August 4, 2013
1. First Call for Independence Marker
Inscription.  Near this place from the porch of Effingham Tavern on 22 April 1776, Carter Henry Harrison, a member of the Cumberland Committee for Safety, read the Resolutions of Cumberland County to citizens gathered there. These resolutions called for the Colonies to “abjure any allegiance to his Brittanick majesty and bid him a goodnight forever.” The freeholders approved these resolutions, and Harrison was instructed “positively to declare for an independency” at the Virginia Convention. On this historic occasion, Cumberland made the first call by a governmental body for independence from Great Britain.
 
Erected 2011 by Cumberland Ruritan Club.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is April 22, 1776.
 
Location. 37° 29.802′ N, 78° 14.677′ W. Marker is in Cumberland, Virginia, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Anderson Highway (U.S. 60) and Foster Road, on the right when traveling west on Anderson
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Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Courthouse Circle, Cumberland VA 23040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cumberland County Court House (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); Campaign of 1781 (approx. 2˝ miles away); Buckingham County / Cumberland County (approx. 5.9 miles away); Cumberland County / Powhatan County (approx. 6.6 miles away); a different marker also named Cumberland County / Powhatan County (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland.
 
Anderson Hwy & Foster Rd image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, August 4, 2013
2. Anderson Hwy & Foster Rd
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 691 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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