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  • Monument Name

    Rebecca Winborne Grave, Maplewood Cemetery, Wilson

  • Type

    Grave

  • Subjects

    Historic Women Figures

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • City

    Wilson

  • County

    Wilson

  • Description

    The grave is marked by a stone slab, bearing the image of the first Confederate flag. The marker rests on a rough stone base.

  • Inscription

    A MEMORIAL TO / REBECCA M. WINBORNE / 1831 - 1918 / MAKER OF THE ORIGINAL / STARS AND BARS. / ERECTED BY / NORTH CAROLINA DIVISION / U.D.C.

  • Dedication Date

    April 29, 1921

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.734310 , -77.906440 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Rogers, Lou. Tar Heel Women, (Raleigh, NC : Warren Publishing Co., 1949)

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, October 25, 26, 27, 1921 (Gastonia, N.C.: Brumley-Walters Printing Co., 1922), 110, (accessed September 15, 2012) Link

      United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division. Minutes of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division, Held at New Bern, N.C., October 13, 14, 15, 1920 (Charlotte, N.C.: Queen City Printing Company, 1920), 125, (accessed September 10, 2012) Link

      “C. of C. Convention,” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC), June 9, 1941

      “Rebecca Winborne,” Find A Grave, (accessed April 3, 2015) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Sponsors

    United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division, John W. Dunham Chapter

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The Wilson, NC chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held a ceremony at the fifth annual convention of the NC Division of the Children of the Confederacy in 1921 to dedicate Mrs. Winborne's grave marker. First, the childrens chapter strew flowers on the grave. Then the grandchildren of Mrs. Winborne unveiled the marker, which was draped in a Confederate flag that belonged to Jessica Smith, the daughter of Confederate flag designer Owen Randolph Smith.

  • Subject Notes

    Known as the "Betsy Ross of the Confederacy," Catherine Rebecca Murphy Winborne (November 22, 1831-July 23, 1918) is notable for sewing the first Confederate flag. It was designed by Orren Randolph Smith of Henderson, North Carolina. The flag was adopted by the Confederate Congress on March 4, 1861, and the full 9 x 12 foot flag was first raised in the Franklin County Courthouse square in Louisburg on March 18, 1861, two months before North Carolina seceded. There is a monument in the square commemorating the spot.

    Modern scholars think it is more likely that Nicola Marschall, an artist on the faculty of Marion Female Seminary in Marion, Ala., submitted the favored design.

  • Location

    Maplewood Cemetery is located at 400 College Street, Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina, 27893.

  • Landscape

    The marker sits in the grass in the graveyard by a sidewalk.

  • Death Space

    Yes

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