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  • Monument Name

    USS Maine Memorial, Tarboro

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    Spanish American War

  • Creator

    Charles Keck, Sculptor

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    This tombstone-shaped memorial honors the U.S.S. Maine, which was sunk in Havana Harbor shortly before the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. The memorial has two brass plaques: one has an inscription; the other depicts Liberty with a cap and shield saluting the U.S.S. Maine as it sinks into the ocean. There are multiple plaques identical to this one around the country, all of them cast from the bronze of the battleship and with the same inscription.

    Image: Inscriptions

  • Inscription

    Upper plaque: In Memoriam / U.S.S. Maine / Destroyed in Havana Harbor / February 15th 1898 / This tablet cast from metal recovered from the U.S.S. Maine

    Lower plaque: Placed by / John W. Cotten / Camp No. 9 and Auxiliary / United Spanish / War Veterans

  • Dedication Date


  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.900730 , -77.535320 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "U.S.S. Maine Memorial," The Historical Marker Database, (accessed June 2, 2011) Link

      Baker, James. Nineteenth Report of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 64th Cong., 2nd sess., 1916, S. Doc 710, (accessed February 1, 2012) Link "USS Maine Monument, Tarboro NC," (accessed June 24, 2012) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, stone

  • Sponsors

    The monument was placed by John W. Cotton of Camp No. 9 and Auxiliary United States War Veterans.

  • Subject Notes

    The USS Maine was sent to protect U.S. interests during Cuba's revolt against Spain. She exploded in the Havana harbor unexpectedly and without explanation in February 1898. Inflammatory articles blamed Spain and "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry during the Spanish-American War.

  • Location

    Marker is at the intersection of St Andrew Street and East Wilson Street, on the right when traveling north on St Andrew Street.

  • Landscape

    There are five other historical markers located within walking distance of this marker.

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