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  • Monument Name

    James B. White Memorial, Whiteville

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

    Historic Civic Figures

  • City

    Whiteville

  • County

    Columbus

  • Description

    This memorial consists of a rough stone block base with a bronze plaque commemorating James B. White, founder of Whiteville, North Carolina and Columbus County’s first state senator. The monument is approximately four and a half feet tall.

  • Inscription

    IN MEMORY OF / JAMES B. WHITE / 1774 1820 / ACTIVE IN ESTABLISHING COUNTY 1808. COLUMBUS / COUNTY’S FIRST STATE SENATOR 1809. A FOUNDER / OF TOWN OF WHITEVILLE AND FROM WHOM TOWN / DERIVED NAME. IN 1810 TOWN OF WHITEVILLE WAS / LAID OUT ON HIS LANDS. HE GAVE SITE FOR FIRST / COURTHOUSE AND JAIL. /

    PLACED BY / MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT HOWE CHAPTER, N.C.D.A.R.

  • Custodian

    Columbus County

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.338490 , -78.703750 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "James B. White," markeroni.com, (accessed June 11, 2014) Link

      Waymarking.com "Columbus County's first state senator-Whiteville NC" First of Its Kind on Waymarking.com (accessed June 11, 2014) Link

      Young, Janice. "Whiteville." North Carolina History Project, (accessed June 11, 2014) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Stone, bronze

  • Subject Notes

    The North Carolina Senate was established in 1776. Each county elected one Senator to serve in the Senate beginning in 1777.

    The Courthouse dates from 1914-1915.

  • Location

    The monument stands to the left of the entrance to the Columbus County Courthouse, which sits in a rotary in the midst of a small commercial area.

  • Landscape

    The marker sits on a small area of lawn, in front of bushes to the left side of the steps leading into the main entrance.

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