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  • Monument Name

    Pasquotank County Confederate Dead, Elizabeth City

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Creator

    McNeel Marble Company, Marietta, GA, Supplier

  • City

    Elizabeth City

  • County

    Pasquotank

  • Description

    This statue is located at the Pasquotank County Courthouse. Both the statue and pedestal are made of granite. On the south side base, the year 1861 is inscribed along with a Confederate battle flag and the year 1865. A uniformed Confederate soldier wears a knife hanging from his belt on the left side and stands at rest with a rifle on his right. His uniform is completed with a hat, canteen, and bed roll. Additional decoration includes a cannon ball on each side of the base. The soldier is six feet six inches tall and the total height is thirty feet.

    Images: Far-off contemporary view of the memorial | Front inscription | Rear inscription

  • Inscription

    Front, south face: OUR HEROES

    Rear, north face: TO OUR / CONFEDERATE DEAD / ERECTED BY / THE D.H. HILL CHAPTER / UNITED DAUGHTERS / OF THE CONFEDERACY / ELIZABETH CITY / NORTH CAROLINA / MAY 10th 1911

  • Custodian

    Pasquotank County

  • Dedication Date

    May 10, 1911

  • Decade

    1910s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.300100 , -76.222080 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Elizabeth City Confederate Monument," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed July 7, 2016) Link

      "Pasquotank County Confederate Monument --- Elizabeth City NC," Waymarking.com, (accessed June 9, 2014) Link

      Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2013), 136.

      Eure, Julian. “Pasquotank’s Board to Discuss Monuments Future,” The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City), July 5, 2020, (accessed July 27, 2020) Link

      Hall, Brett. “Pasquotank County Commissioners Vote to Relocate Confederate Monument in Elizabeth City,” WAVY.com, (Portsmouth, VA), July 14, 2020, (accessed July 27, 2020) Link

      Hampton, Jeff. “Confederate Monument in Elizabeth City Needs to Go, but Has No Takers,” The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA), January 9, 2021, (accessed June 6, 2021) Link

      “Alderman Grant Site for Monument,” Tar Heel (Elizabeth City, NC), April 7, 1911

      “Confederate Monument at Elizabeth City,” The New Bern Sun (New Bern, NC),April 22, 1911

      “Confederate Shaft Unveiled With Impressive Ceremonies,” The Raleigh Times (Raleigh, NC), May 11, 1911

      “Pasquotank County Courthouse, Elizabeth City, N.C.,” in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (PO77), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Georgia granite

  • Sponsors

    D.H. Hill Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy.

  • Monument Cost

    $2,650. $1,000 raised by local subscription. $500 each from the Elizabeth City Board of Aldermen and Pasquotank County Commissioners. $650 unknown

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The featured unveiling speaker was the president of Elizabeth City College, and later North Carolina State University, D.H. Hill, Jr. Hill was the son of Lieutenant-General D.H. Hill, a high-ranking member of the Confederacy. Prior to Hill’s address a presentation speech was made by Miss S.E. Martin who fifty years earlier had presented a Confederate flag to the first troops to leave the area to fight for the south. Miss Lillian Whitehurst pulled the cord to unveil the monument as the naval reserve fired a salute. The audience then rendered the song “Old Time Confederates” with “an enthusiasm that thrilled the hearts of all.” The dedication was followed by an indoor feast.

  • Subject Notes

    The Pasquotank County Confederate Soldier monument was dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The statue was sold by the McNeel Marble Company from Marietta, Georgia, which produced many other Confederate statues and sold them all over the South, including Macon County Confederate Monument in Franklin, Confederate Soldiers Monument in Hertford, Perquimans county, Alamance County Confederate Monument in Graham, and Confederate Monument in Durham.

  • Controversies

    Following the massacre of nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015 by white supremacist Dylann Roof, Americans, especially southerners, have reflected on and argued over the historical legacy of slavery, the Civil War, the Confederacy, and white supremacy. Monuments have been a particular focus of these debates and controversies, especially after the death of a counter-protester, Heather Heyer, at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 and after President Donald Trump expressed his opposition to the removal of Confederate memorials. Despite laws in many southern states intended to prevent or impede the removal or relocation of historical monuments, protesters and local community leaders have removed or relocated controversial monuments associated with slavery, the Confederacy, and white supremacy. The pace of the removal of controversial monuments accelerated sharply in 2020, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Against the backdrop of protests against police brutality and white supremacy across the nation, local authorities in many communities in North Carolina removed and/or relocated monuments that were the focus of civil unrest.

    Since 2015, the Pasquotank chapter of the National Association of Colored People twice asked county commissioners to remove the Confederate monument, calling it a symbol of both hate and white supremacy. On both occasions the board voted 4-3 to leave the monument where it was. That changed after the death of George Floyd. On July 14, 2020 again with a 4-3 vote on the controversial issue the Board of Commissioners voted to relocate the monument. A special projects committee was appointed to determine where to move the monument. Although Pasquotank County will pay for the removal, no organization has offered to take it. The United Daughters of the Confederacy who presented it to the county in 1911 will not accept it. The Museum of the Albemarle located a few blocks from the current location would not accept it and no cemetery in the area has offered space for it. Estimated cost to remove it is $28,000 but that figure may increase if the county is forced to place it in storage. County manager Sparty Hammett was quoted as saying, “It will be moved eventually.” As of June 2021 the monument had yet to be taken down.

  • Location

    The monument is located on a plaza between the Pasquotank County Courthouse and a federal building, off of East Main Street in Elizabeth City, NC. In 1911 this was the since closed Pool Street with the monument being in the center of the street. Other memorials in the area include plaques to World War One/World War Two dead, Korea and Vietnam war and “Historic Events” on the front walls of the courthouse.

  • Landscape

    The statue is surrounded by bushes, forming a circle around the monument. The statue is on a lawn, on a paved path, and set against the backdrop of the downtown city buildings.

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