Black Patriots no longer forgotten


Theron McCabe, right, was instrumental in organizing a ceremony and plaque to honor 14 Harlowe men who fought in the American Revolution. He was a re-enactor Sunday, along with Jesse Kearney of Harlowe, left, and Ahmad Richardson of New Bern.

Charlie Hall/Halifax Media Service
Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 08:55 AM.

For well over 200 years, 14 black patriots from Harlowe who served in the American Revolution were basically forgotten.

They are forgotten no more.

The men were honored in an elaborate Sunday ceremony by the Sons of the American Revolution, with historical group representatives from across North and South Carolina in attendance.

Wreathes were placed in honor of each man and a plaque was unveiled beside the entrance to the Harlowe Community Center.

Revolutionary re-enactors added authenticity for a large audience, secured under a tent. A color guard from the Cherry Point air station stood at attention in the rain during the hour-plus event.

Many descendants of the honored men were also in the audience. The honored men include Isaac Carter, John Carter, Joshua Carter, William Dove, John Gregory, James Manley, Simeon Moore, George Perkins, Isaac Perkins, Aaron Spelman, Asa Spelman, Hezekiah Stringer, Mingo Stringer and Absalom Martin.

Marion T. Lane, commander of the Society of Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, said the Harlowe men were part of a great contribution to America’s freedom.

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