Statue of Captain James Jack to be Unveiled | Arts & Culture
CENTER CITY - Each year, The May 20th Society hosts and participates in several educational and exciting events to celebrate the rich history of Mecklenburg County.
This year, The May 20th Society’s cornerstone celebration will be the unveiling of the Spirit of Mecklenburg – a statue of Captain James Jack.
That statue will reside at The Little Sugar Creek greenway at the corner of 4th Street and Kings Drive.
A large central fountain between the new Pearl Street Bridge and Morehead Street will be the centerpiece of the greenway with casual seating and an overlook to Little Sugar Creek and a lower creekside plaza. Flanked by trees all around, the fountain, at an estimated 70 feet wide, will be a major attraction.
The Statue unveiling will take place in lieu of this year’s evening Speaker Series.
In addition, The May 20th Society also plans a noon observance commemoration and the Captain James Jack Bike Ride.
"What Happened on May 20, 1775?"
On May 20, 1775, more than 25 civic leaders from Mecklenburg County approved and unanimously adopted the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence – the first declaration of independence from Great Britain in the American colonies.
“What is the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (“MecDec”)?”
The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (widely known as the “MecDec”) was unanimously adopted during a convention of Charlotte Mecklenburg’s civic leaders held on May 19 – 20, 1775. It was a reaction to the news that colonists had been massacred by the British at Lexington.
On May 31, they drafted a second document—a set of Resolves, now known as the Mecklenburg Resolves, further outlining their independence and organizing their new governance.
The MecDec was the first declaration of independence from Great Britain by any civic or municipal body in the American colonies – more than a year before the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
For this reason, the date “May 20, 1775” is on the State Flag of North Carolina. A copy of the MecDec was given to Captain James Jack to deliver to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
Visit History of MecDec for the full account.
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