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  • Monument Name

    Faithful Slave Monument, Mebane

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Civil War

    African American Monuments

  • City

    Mebane

  • County

    Alamance

  • Description

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

  • Inscription

    On bronze plaque:
    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

    Image of plaque

  • Dedication Date

    June 4, 1922

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.059030 , -79.306600 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

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

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

      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?)

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

  • Public Site

    Unknown

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Family of Stephen A. White

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The unveiling of the memorial tablet was presented during a special Homecoming Ceremony at Hawfields Presbyterian Church on June 4, 1922 along with the unveiling of the bronze founders and pastors tablet.

  • Subject Notes

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

  • Landscape

    The Hawfields Presbyterian Church cemetery is located on a grassy, flat terrain across the street from the church.

  • 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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