Grave marking ceremony honors Cornelious Harnett

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Daughters of the American Revolution and the Stamp Defiance Chapter in Wilmington gathered early Saturday morning for a grave marking ceremony.

They wanted to honor Cornelious Harnett during constitution week for his role in the fight for our country's independence.

"We we are all very excited this has been a long process for us," said Regent Marilyn Williams.  "Our historian has worked on this for several years getting all the research prepared and the approval from nationals, to mark Cornelius Harnett's grave."

"Cornelius Harnett was a very important person here in Wilmington," said historian Ruth-Anne Bolz.  "The main reason we are celebrating him, as Marilyn said, our chapter is called Stamp Defiance, and he led the resistance in 1766, against the Stamp Act."

Harnett was a delegate to the Continental Congress, a signer of the Articles of Confederation, and a prisoner of war.

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