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  • Monument Name

    Liberty Point Resolves Declaration of Independence, Fayetteville

  • Type

    Public Space

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

  • City

    Fayetteville

  • County

    Cumberland

  • Description

    A roughly-cut granite monument stands on what is left of Liberty Point in Fayetteville. Centered on the monument is a smooth surface onto which are carved the names of all those that signed the Liberty Point Resolves.

    The names of “JOSEPH and ROBERT GREEN” are spelled on the monument incorrectly. The correct spelling is “JOSEPH and ROBERT GREER” (see the list of the signers of the "The declaration of independence by the citizens of Mecklenburg County, on the twentieth day of May, 1775".)

    Images: Front inscription | Rear inscription

  • Inscription

    Front: DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE JUNE 20, 1775 / ROBERT ROWAN / LEWIS BARGE / MAURICE NOWL / LEWIS POWELL / MARTIN LEONNARD / GEORGE FLETCHER / WALTER MURRAY / DAVID EVANS / JOHN ELWELL / BENJAMIN ELWELL / JOSEPH GREEN / ROBERT GREEN / ROBERT CARVER / THEOPHILUS EVANS / THOMAS MOODY / JOS DE LESPINE / ARTHUR COUNCIL / JOHN OLIVER / CHARLES STEVENS / WILLIAM HERRIN / ROBERT VERNER / DAVID DUNN / SIMON BANDAY / JOHN JONES / ROBERT COUNCIL / SAMUEL CARVER / DAVID SHEPHERD / MICAJAH FARRELL / JOHN WILSON / JAMES EMMET / AARON VARDEY / JOHN PARKER / PHILIP HERRIN / JAMES GEF / WM. WHITE / JOSHUA HADLEY / WILLIAM BLCOKER / WM. CARVER / SAMUEL HOLLINGSWORTH / “WE STAND READY TO SACRIFICE OUR LIVES TO SECURE HER FREEDOM."

    Rear: JAMES DICK / JAMES PEARL / DANIEL DOUSE / GEORGE BARNS / THOMAS CABEEN / JOHN CLENDENIN / JOHN STEVENSON / WILLIAM BATHGATE / THOMAS REA / JAMES GILES / PETER MESSER / THOMAS WHITE / JAMES EDMUNDS / JOHN CARRAWAY / WILLIAM GILLESPY / ONESIPHOROUS WEST

  • Dedication Date

    1909

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.052110 , -78.876430 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "'Liberty Point and Catholic Church,' Fayetteville, N.C.," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed September 12, 2013) Link

      "Fayetteville, N.C., Liberty Point, where the second Declaration of Independence was signed," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed September 12, 2013) Link

      "Liberty Point Resolves (Video)," Visit Fayetteville, (accessed July 12, 2013) Link

      "[Liberty Point Day, Fayetteville, N.C., 1909]," in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed July 13, 2013) Link

      Norris, David A. 2006. "Resolves, Prerevolutionary," NCPEDIA, (accessed July 12, 2013). Link

      North Carolina. Governor. "The declaration of independence by the citizens of Mecklenburg County, on the twentieth day of May, 1775: with accompanying documents, and the Proceedings of the Cumberland Association published by the Governor, under the direction of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina," (Raleigh: Lawrence & Lemay, Printers, 1831), (accessed July 12, 2013). Link

      The Cumberland Association Papers, #2075-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed July 13, 2013) Link

      Waymarking.com. "Liberty Point 'Declaration of Independence'," (accessed May 14, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was likely dedicated in June 1909 in conjunction with Liberty Point Day celebrated in Fayetteville. A vintage postcard image shows a street in Fayetteville fully decorated with flags and patriotic garlands, and a message on the reverse indicates June 21, 1909 as the date of the celebration.

  • Subject Notes

    The Liberty Point Resolves, an early declaration of independence from England, was signed by 50 residents of Cumberland County, known as the Cumberland Association, in 1775. These men met at a tavern in Cross Creek to sign the document, vowing to "Go forth and be ready to sacrifice our lives and fortunes to secure the colony's freedom and safety."

    Vintage postcard images show the historic location of the Liberty Point Resolves prior to the installation of the marker. Postcard image | Postcard image

  • Location

    The monument stands in a small park at the intersection of Person Street and Bow Street. The park is accessed through a gate on Person Street.

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