During the dedication ceremonies, Charles R. Thomas, a native North Carolinian and U.S. Congressman, referred to the shaft of the monument as "white and pure and stainless as the good women it commemorates," which symbolically aligns the virtue of the eighteenth-century women of North Carolina's Lower Cape Region with the monument's material. In 1929 the bodies of Mary and Ezekiel Slocumb were re-interred at the base of the Women's Monument each marked with both head and foot stones on the grave beds.
Images: Figure | Southwest View | Inscription Southwest Face | Inscription Southeast Face | Inscription Northeast Face
Northwest face: TO THE HONORED MEMORY / OF THE HEROIC WOMEN / OF THE LOWER CAPE FEAR / DURING THE / AMERICAN REVOLUTION / 1775-1781
Southwest face: MOST HONORED OF THE NAMES / RECORDED BY THIS HISTORIC / ASSOCIATION, IS THAT OF / MARY SLOCUMB, / WIFE OF LIEUTENANT SLOCUMB, / RIDING ALONE AT NIGHT / 65 MILES TO SUCCOR THE / WOUNDED ON THIS BATTLEFIELD / HER HEROISM AND SELF-SACRIFICE / PLACE HER HIGH ON THE PAGES OF / HISTORY AND SHOULD AWAKEN IN / SUCCESSIVE GENERATIONS, TRUE / PATRIOTISM AND / LOVE OF COUNTRY / VIRTUTES MAJORUM FILIAE CONSERVANT
Northeast face: UNSWERVING IN DEVOTION, / SELF-SACRIFICING IN / LOYALTY TO THE CAUSE / OF THEIR COUNTRY, THEIR / WORKS DO FOLLOW THEM; / AND THEIR CHILDREN RISE / UP AND CALL THEM BLESSED.
Southeast face: THIS MONUMENT / WAS ERECTED BY THE / MOORE'S CREEK / MONUMENTAL ASSOCIATION / IN THE YEAR 1907.
Edmund Alexander Hawes, a member of the North Carolina State House of Representatives, James F. Moore, the president of the Moores Creek Monumental Association, and Charles R. Thomas, a prominent North Carolina attorney and politician and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke at the dedication ceremony on August 1907. The ceremony began with a prayer by Rev. A. D. McClure before Hawes and Moore spoke a few words. Then Lillian Colvin and Kate Bonneman unveiled the monument to the crowd as thirteen young women, representing the thirteen original states, decorated the monument. Thomas then gave his speech recounting the battle and the virtuosity and courage of Mary Slocumb and the loyalist, Flora MacDonald, whose husband and one of her sons fought in the Battle of Moores Creek. The defeat forced Flora and her husband, Allan, to return to Scotland for the remainder of their lives. Thomas referred to the shaft of the monument as "white and pure and stainless as the good women it commemorates," which symbolically aligns the virtue of the eighteenth-century women in North Carolina's Lower Cape Region with the monument's material.
11 July 2014 | Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina