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  • Monument Name

    Joseph Hewes Memorial, Edenton

  • Type

    Column

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

    Colonial History

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Creator

    Charlotte Granite Works, Charlotte, NC, Builder

  • City

    Edenton

  • County

    Chowan

  • Description

    The monument consists of a granite plinth on a single base. The plinth is topped with a low pyramid shaped top with a chalice standing at the peak. The plinth and base have rounded edges. Inscriptions appear on the south and north face.

  • Inscription

    Front: TO THE MEMORY / OF JOSEPH HEWES / APRIL 28, 1930 / NOVEMBER 10, 1779 / MODESTLY BUT WITHOUT STINT HE GAVE / HIS LABOR AND HIS MEANS TO THE CAUSE / OF FREEDOM / VESTRYMAN OF ST. PAUL’S PARISH / EDENTON / SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF / INDEPENDENCE / DELEGATE FROM NORTH CAROLINA TO THE / CONTINENTAL CONGRESS / SECRETARY OF THE NAVAL COMMITTEE / FRIEND AND PATRON OF JOHN PAUL JONES

    Back: ERECTED BY / THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES / 1932

  • Custodian

    Chowan County

  • Dedication Date

    April 28, 1932

  • Decade

    1930s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.056770 , -76.608130 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Signers of the Declaration of Independence Plaque, State Capitol, Raleigh," from “Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina”, http://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/, (accessed April 28, 2016) Link

      Barefoot, Daniel W. Touring The Backroads Of North Carolina’s Upper Coast (Winston- Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 1995), 100-102

      Martin, Micheal G. 1988. "Hewes, Joseph," NCPEDIA, (accessed September 3, 2013) Link

      “A Monument To Hewes Unveiled,” Statesville Record And Landmark (Statesville, NC), April 29, 1932

      “Monument To Joseph Hewes Being Cut.” Statesville Record And Landmark (Statesville, NC), January 29, 1932

      “To Unveil Monument At Edenton To Joseph Hewes N.C. Revolutionary Hero,” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC), April 4, 1932

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Georgia marble

  • Sponsors

    United States Congress

  • Monument Cost

    $2,500

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Rear Admiral McDougald, commandant of naval operations at Norfolk Navy Base, gave the principal address during which he traced Hewes’ part in the struggle for independence.

  • Subject Notes

    Hewes was one of the most celebrated members of the Continental Congress. As secretary of the Naval Board it was Hewes who secured John Paul Jones first commission in the Continental Navy. On May 27, 1776 by presenting the Halifax Resolves to the Continental Congress he may have been the first to appear before that body to directly call for independence. On July 4, 1776 he was one of three North Carolinians to sing the Declaration of Independence. The Hewes Monument is the only monument to a signer of the Declaration of Independence erected by congressional appropriation thanks to the efforts of Representative Lindsay Warren.

    A plaque commemorating Signers of the Declaration of Independence is located in the rotunda of the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, NC.
    In 1897, a monument to William Hooper and John Penn was unveiled in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

  • Location

    The monument is located on the south end of the courthouse green of the old Chowan County Courthouse. It faces E. Water Street on the water front near the battery of Revolutionary War cannons. A short distance to the north on Colonial Avenue is the Edenton Tea Pot. The Chowan County Confederate Soldiers Monument originally stood right behind the Joseph Hewes memorial in front of the historic Chowan County Courthouse on King Street. It was moved to its present location on South Broad Street in June 1961. Edenton Bell Battery C.S.A. cannons are facing the waterfront at 505 South Broad Street on the side lawn of the Penelope Baker House Welcome Center.

  • Landscape

    The memorial faces the waterfront and is surrounded by shady trees and greenery.

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