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  • Monument Name

    Faithful Slave Memorial, Mebane

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    African American Monuments

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City

    Mebane

  • County

    Alamance

  • Description

    This monument consists of a roughly-cut rectangular stone with a bronze plaque.

    Images: Bronze plaque

  • Inscription

    IN MEMORY OF / THE FAITHFUL SLAVES / MANY OF WHOM WERE MEMBERS OF / HAWFIELDS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH / AND ARE BURIED IN THIS CEMETERY

    "BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH AND I / WILL GIVE THEE A CROWN OF LIFE" REV. 2:10

    THIS TABLET IS PRESENTED BY THE FAMILY OF STEPHEN ALEXANDER WHITE / AND DEDICATED BY THE HAWFIELDS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH / 1908 - 1922

  • Dedication Date

    June 4, 1922

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.058420 , -79.306160 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Annual Home-Coming Services at Hawfields Church Today," The Daily Times (Greensboro, NC), June 4, 1922

      "Hawfields Presbyterian Church," Waymarking.com, (accessed June 21, 2012) Link

      "Hawfields Remembers its Workers of More Than a Century Ago," The Daily Times (Greensboro, NC), June 5, 1922

      "Hawfields Church," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed October 25, 2017) Link

      Burlington-Alamance County Chamber of Commerce. Histories of Presbyterian Churches in Burlington and Alamance County, North Carolina, (Burlington, NC: 1963)

      Carrington, Elizabeth Scott. Historical Sketch of Hawfields Presbyterian Church, (Alamance, NC: Hawfields Presbyterian Church, 194?) Link

      “The Hawfields Home-Coming,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), June 6, 1922

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite and bronze

  • Sponsors

    Family of Stephen A. White

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The unveiling of the “faithful slave” tablet was occured during a special Homecoming Ceremony at Hawfields Presbyterian Church on June 4, 1922 along with the unveiling of bronze founders and pastors tablets. The founders and pastors tablets were unveiled in the morning and the “faithful slaves” was unveiled after lunch by James Scott Albright. Prior to the unveiling a choir partially composed of children and grandchildren of slaved buried in the cemetery performed on the lawn in front of the church. Then a paper on “Slavery in the Hawfields” was read. This paper had been written by Stephen Alexander White in 1887. The tablet’s dedication was said to an “eloquent token of the cherished inheritance by the people of the present generation of the sentiments of love and affection in which the negros were held by their forbearers, and was an eloquent testimonial to the place the negro holds in the heart of the native-born southerner…”

  • Subject Notes

    The tablet memorialized deceased former slaves who not only faithfully served their masters but also became members of the Hawfields Presbyterian Church.

  • Location

    The Hawfields Presbyterian Church is located at 2115 South NC Highway 119, near the intersection with Turner Rd. (SR 2133), South west of Mebane NC. The church cemetery is right across the NC Highway 119.

  • Landscape

    The memorial marker stands on a flat grassy area surrounded by graveyards.

  • Death Space

    Yes

  • Approval Process

    The family of Stephen A. White (a deceased elder of the Hawfields Presbyterian Church) offered to donate three tablets honoring the founders of the church, the former and present pastors of the church, and the faithful slaves who were buried in a particular section of the Hawfields Presbyterian Church Cemetery in honor of Mr. White.

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