Jones, Butterfield should jointly honor Moore


Eddie Davis

Sunday, November 11, 2018

We want to thank the Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County community for the support and encouragement that was provided during the Saturday, Oct. 20 unveiling of the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker which honors the life and the legacy of Dr. Peter Weddick Moore.

The audience for the ceremony that was held at P.W. Moore Elementary School was diverse and inclusive. People from multiple ethnic backgrounds, several age groups, and different political parties participated in the program. Long-term residents and relatively-new arrivals were in attendance. A genuine feeling of cooperation and celebration appeared to permeate the atmosphere of the gathering.

Current political leaders and staffers of Elizabeth City City Council, the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, the Pasquotank Board of Commissioners, and the state Legislature symbolically joined hands to salute the educational work that Dr. Moore was able to accomplish during his service as the first leader of ECSU during the late 1800s and the early 1900s.

Now that the elections of 2018 are behind us, perhaps the spirit of dialogue, compromise, and civility that was exhibited a few weeks ago at P.W. Moore Elementary School can continue.

It has been suggested that we ask Congressman Walter Jones, R-N.C., who currently represents Pasquotank County in Washington, D.C., and Congressman G.K. Butterfield, R-N.C., who recently represented the county, to extend this spirit of bipartisanship when the U.S. House of Representatives reconvenes.

We invite Jones, a Republican, and Butterfield, a Democrat, to jointly deliver a verbal or written summary of the P.W. Moore marker ceremony into the official annals of the Congressional Record. This small, but important gesture, during the upcoming lame-duck session, would allow these North Carolinians to demonstrate “across-the-aisle” collaboration.

The great thing is that this type of teamwork would be reminiscent of the way that Peter Weddick Moore used his political skills to become one of the leading educators of his era.

Eddie Davis


Editor’s note: The above letter was also signed by Florence Hinton, Dimples Armstrong, Barbara Simpson and Earline Sutton.