HAVELOCK | History will be made when the Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is chartered Saturday night in Havelock.
“This will represent a number of historical milestones,” said Edward Carter, of Greenville, who is one of only two African-Americans who are members of the organization in North Carolina. “It will be the first chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution to be named after a black person, and it will be the first chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution to have a majority black membership.”
The ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center in Havelock.
Carter, a former Greenville mayor, was inducted into the N.C. Society Sons of the American Revolution in 2015 after it was established that he was a descendent of both Abraham Martin and Isaac Carter, two of 14 Harlowe men who went off to fight in the Revolutionary War.
Carter is a member of the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in Greenville. He has been a major drum beater in the effort to establish the Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter.
“Essentially what this means is that this affair will represent the greatest number of minority persons to join at one time as a group ever in the history of the Sons of the American Revolution,” said Carter. “We’ve got actually 24 members whose application has been up to national and who are certain to be approved. Thirteen of us have already been approved, and it’s certain that the other will be approved hopefully before if not shortly after the ceremony. This is going to more than double the blacks who are members of this organization.”
Among the members of the new chapter are John Ellis, Napoleon Carter, Tyrone Frazier, Elwood Becton, Butch Fisher, Dennis Ellis, Max Fisher and several others from Harlowe.
The effort to recognize African-Americans for their contributions to the Revolutionary War goes back several years, Carter said.
“The Daughter of the American Revolutionary War decided that they were going to right the wrongs of history and start some recruiting efforts in order to attract minorities into their organization and they encourage the Sons of the American Revolutionary to do the same,” said Carter.
While he will still retain membership in the George Washington Chapter, Carter said he would be working to make sure the new Patriot Isaac Carter Chapter gets off on the right footing.
“My only objective is to spend about a year there along with Guy Higgins (North Carolina president of the group) to make sure that we are organized soundly, that we build up on the membership and that they are ready to function,” he said. “We will hopefully get a building. If we can’t get the state historical society to assist us with it, we will independently build a building. We want to establish a library and we want to go into all of the schools and wherever we need to be, Tryon Palace and any other place, to tell them the true American History.
“We’re going to be working with ROTC programs and any civic organizations promoting patriotism and educating people on the true facts of the American Revolutionary War. And I would like for Harlowe to be known truly as the land of the free and the home of the brave because I think that is really the epitome of what Harlowe is all about.”
The gathering will begin at 5 p.m. and the program will officially begin at 6 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $25 each and can be obtained by calling Carter at 714-4485.