1775 - Mecklenburg Declaration
May 20, 1775 - The Mecklenburgers announce their freedom with a proclamation called the "Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence." The document dissolves forever the colonists' bonds with Britain. In the anxious days that follow these emotional events, people will disagree when recalling exactly what happened. Some will doubt the "Meck Dec" ever existed. Even two hundred years later historians will debate these questions, but the May 20 date will be commemorated on North Carolina's state flag.