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  • Monument Name

    Cabarrus Black Boys Fountain, Concord

  • Type

    Fountain

  • Subjects

    Colonial Wars

    Colonial History

  • City

    Concord

  • County

    Cabarrus

  • Description

    The bronze fountain has two tiers, a small basin on top with a slightly larger basin below, and is decorated with floral designs. The fountain stands in the center of a small circular concrete pool. A 2015 restoration saw the fountain returned to working condition. The bronze inscription plaque was originally attached to the pool’s edge but during restoration was attached to a small lectern shaped granite block.

    Images: Bronze plaque

  • Inscription

    IN MEMORIAM / THE CABARRUS BLACK BOYS / WHO DESTROYED THE BRITISH AMMUNITION / MAY 17, 1771 / IN DEFENSE OF AMERICAN LIBERTY / ERECTED BY THE CABARRUS BLACK BOYS CHAPTER / DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION / MAY 1916

  • Custodian

    Cabarrus County and Cabarrus Arts Council

  • Dedication Date

    June 22, 1916

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.409330 , -80.579730 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Knox, Michael. “DAR Fighting To Fund Restoration Of Historic Fountain,” Independent Tribune (Concord, NC), August 14, 2014, (accessed January 26, 2016) Link

      “Cabarrus Black Boys Fountain,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed January 26, 2016) Link

      “Cabarrus County Court House, Concord, N.C.," in North Carolina Postcard Collection (P052), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed November 8, 2013) Link

      “Honoring The Cabarrus Black Boys,” Salisbury Evening Post (Salisbury, NC), May 23, 1916, 4

      “Memorial Fountain Rededicated,” Concord Downtown, http://www.concorddowntown.com, (accessed January 26, 2016) Link

      “Unveiling Of Fountain,” The Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, NC), June 15, 1916, 1

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, concrete

  • Sponsors

    Cabarrus Black Boys Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Cost

    The original cost is between $200 and $300. 2015 restoration is estimated approximately $40,000.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication began with a welcoming address by W.R. Odell. The keynote address by the Reverend E.P., a descendant of one of the Black Boys, followed. The fountain was presented by Mrs. William Flowe and unveiled by William Flowe and Willie White. The fountain was accepted by M.H. Caldwell and the benediction delivered by Reverend T.W. Smith. Music included “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee” and the “Old North State.”

  • Subject Notes

    Nine young men from the Rocky River community had learned the British were sending a shipment of gunpowder from Charleston, South Carolina to Hillsboro, North Carolina to aid in quelling the Regulator Movement that had small farmers protesting the corruption of sheriffs and court officials appointed by the Royal Governor. The men blackened their faces and dressed as Indians to disguise themselves. They intercepted three wagons hauling the gunpowder and were able to blow up the shipment. Their efforts were a day late as the Regulator Movement had been crushed a day early on May 16 at the Battle of Alamance. The Regulator War and Battle of Alamance are considered by many to be the opening salvo of the Revolutionary War.

  • Location

    The fountain stands at the side of the old Cabarrus County Courthouse and faces Means Avenue SE. The Cabarrus County Confederate Soldiers Monument is on its right, in front of the courthouse, 65 Union Street South in Concord.

  • Landscape

    The fountain sits on the lawn, surrounded by evergreen bushes.

  • Former Locations

    The fountain was originally located in front of the courthouse building and to the right of the Cabarrus County Confederate Soldiers Monument.

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