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  • Monument Name

    Colonel Thomas Robeson Plaque, Lumberton

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

    Historic Military Figures

    Colonial History

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Creator

    Southern Marble Works, Lumberton, NC, Builder

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    The memorial plaque is an irregular shaped slab of granite approximate three feet high and two feet wide. It is attached to a brick wall in a small brick paved courtyard behind the Robeson County Courthouse.

  • Inscription


  • Custodian

    Robeson County

  • Dedication Date

    November 11, 1951

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.620200 , -79.007840 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Robeson County Court House, Lumberton, N.C." Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill Link

      “Marker To Honor Robeson, Willis,” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC), November 9, 1951, 11

      “Markers Unveiled in Honor to Two County Patriots,” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC), November 9, 1951, 1, 4

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques


  • Sponsors

    Colonel Thomas Robeson Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Judge L.R. Varser was the featured speaker on a day that also saw dedication of a plaque to Colonel Thomas Robeson for whom the county was named. Varser said that General John Willis “espoused American principles and was successful advocate for justice” and having joined the patriot cause in the Revolution fought with “distinction and vigor.” He praised Robeson who “was one of the most distinguished sons of the Cape Fear, brave and ever true to his word.” The plaques were presented by Mrs. F.K. Briggs and unveiled by Nancy Ellen Jones and James M. Robeson, Jr., descendants of General Willis and Colonel Robeson.

  • Subject Notes

    During the Revolution, Colonel Robeson was a Patriot officer who fought at the battles of Moore’s Creek Bridge and Elizabethtown. The latter battle marked the end of Tory resistance in southeastern North Carolina. Robeson County was formed in 1787 and named for Colonel Robeson.

  • Location

    The Colonel Thomas Robeson plaque is in a courtyard behind the Robeson County Courthouse that is located at 500 N. Elm Street, Lumberton. The courtyard occupies the corner of N. Court Square Street and N. Chestnut Street. This courtyard contains the Robeson County War Memorial and plaques to General John Willis, George Washington Tree, and George G. McPhail, Jr. Also behind the courthouse to the left of the courtyard is an Appalachian Indian Road (Boone Trail Highway) plaque attached to a large arrowhead.
    In front of the Courthouse is the Confederate Monument.
    A 1939 bronze plaque to Robeson County War Dead is located inside the courthouse. It replaced a wooden painted tablet placed in March 1919.

  • Landscape

    The paved courtyard with the memorial and plaques is surrounded by bushes and trees.

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