Meck Dec: Celebration Timeline


Presidential visits, parades, patriotic speeches, dances and reenactments of Captain Jack's famous horse ride have all been part of celebrations in Mecklenburg County. Celebrations often lasted several days! See how Mecklenburg citizens and others from around the country have celebrated "Meck Dec Day."
1825 Catawba Journal, Tuesday, May 10, 1825, p. 3

20th May, 1775. – We mention sometime since, that the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by the citizens of Mecklenburg, on the 20th of May, 1775, would be celebrated in this town on...

1825 Catawba Journal Tuesday, May 24, 1825, p. 3

The fiftieth anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was celebrated in this place on the 20th inst. Not being able to procure a copy of the toasts in season for this week’s...

1825 Catawba Journal May 10, 1825, p. 3

20th May, 1775. – We mention sometime since, that the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by the citizens of Mecklenburg, on the 20th of May, 1775, would be celebrated in this town on...

1825 Catawba Journal Tuesday, June 21, 1825

For The Catawba Journal

A gleaning, by the Rev. H. Hunter, from the Harvest of Peace, matured from the seedtime of 1775; or a selection of ideas, from the effusion of...

1825 Catawba Journal May 31, 1825, p. 3

MECKLENBURG INDEPENDENCE.
The celebration which took place in this town on the 20th instant, was equal to, if it did not surpass, anything of the kind ever before witnessed...

1833 The Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal 10/26/1833, p. 3

Another Revolutionary Patriot gone.
 
Died, in this county, on the 19th inst. at his residence ten miles west of Charlotte, Mr. Alexander Porter, in the 94th year of...

1834 The Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal, 7/12/1834, p. 3

[COMMUNICATED]

FOURTH OF JULY

The birth-day of our country’s liberty was celebrated in this place by the Lafayette Artillery in handsome style. The day was...

1834 The Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal 7/12/1834, p. 3

[COMMUNICATED]

FOURTH OF JULY

The birth-day of our country’s liberty was celebrated in this place by the Lafayette Artillery in handsome style. The day was...

1834 The Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal 7/12/1834, p. 3

 FOURTH OF JULY
 
The birth-day of our country’s liberty was celebrated in this place by the Lafayette Artillery in handsome style.  The day was peculiarly favorable,...

1835 The Papers of William Alexander Graham

The Papers of William Alexander Graham
Edited by J. G. DeRoulhac Hamilton
NC State Dept. of Archives and History 1957



To-...

1836 The Charlotte Journal 12/2/1836, p. 3

A Revolutionary Hero gone!
 
Died, at his residence in Lincoln county, on the 12th ult., Major General JOSEPH GRAHAM, aged 77 years.
 
When a man descends...

1839 Diary of Susan Davis Nye Hutchison

Susan Davis Nye Hutchison
Charlotte school teacher
 

Born 1790, Duchess County, NY
 

School Teacher in North Carolina and Georgia, 1815-1840
 ...

1841 The Mecklenburg Jeffersonian 5/18/1841, p. 2


The Monument.
In a few remarks, noticing an article from the Camden Journal, two weeks since, we mentioned that the erection of a suitable monument...

1842 The Mecklenburg Jeffersonian 5/24/1842, p. 4

POETRY.
 
FOR THE JEFFERSONIAN.
“20TH MAY, 1775.”
 
“Ubi Libertas primo prolata, ibi alenda!”
                                               ...

1843 Mecklenburg Jeffersonian 5/16/1843, p. 2

BIRTH-DAY OF INDEPENDENCE!
Next Saturday is the 20th May-the Birth-Day of American Independence-the 68th anniversary of that memorable day on which the patriots of old...

1857 Western Democrat May 23, 1857

The Celebration
In Charlotte, N.C., May 20th, 1857
On Wednesday last, May 20th, 1857, the Anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence of...

1859 The Daily Bulletin 5/17/1859 p.3


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CELEBRATION
20th May, 1859. – The HORNETS NEST RIFLEMEN having made arrangements for celebrating the 84th...

1861 1861 - 1865: U.S. Civil War Era

1861 - 1865: U.S. Civil War Era

May 20th was an important date in 1861 and was chosen as the date the state of North Carolina seceded from the Union. When North Carolinians met on May 20,...

1867 Daily Carolina Times 5/16/1867 p. 3

 
Firemen’s Ball.
We make our acknowledgment to the Committee for a Complimentary Card to attend the Ball to be given at the Mansion House, on the approaching 20th of May. That is a...

1873 The Southern Home 5/26/1873, p. 3

20TH MAY IN CHARLOTTE
This day which ought to be so dear to all North Carolinas, was only observed by the Fire Companies, the "Independents," and the Hornets." They made a...

1873 The Southern Home 5/19/1873, p. 3

State Pride.—Gen. Ransom was called upon to preside over the Senate of the United States, and no North Carolina paper noticed the fact, but when Gen. Gordon was called upon to do the same thing,...

1873 Daily Charlotte Observer 5/20/1873, p. 3

Suspension.—To-morrow being the anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, in accordance with the usual custom, the employes of this office will be given holiday...

1874 The Southern Home 5/25/1874, p. 3

 20th of May in Charlotte.—Notwithstanding the absence of one of our fire companies, and a large number of citizens with the various excursions on Wednesday, it was determined to recognize the...

1874 The Daily Charlotte Observer 5/22/1874, p.1

The Hornets and Their Celebration
The Hornet Fire Company of this city celebrated the 20th of May in a most becoming manner. A fine looking body of men, their appearance was...

1875 The Southern Home 5/31/1875

Centennial Scraps.
BY THE ASSOCIATE EDITOR.
As at every grand banquet there are many remnants too good to be lost, so after the hurly burly of last week, we are enabled...

1875 Southern Home 6/21/1875, p. 2

 MOTHER TO DAUGHTER.
 
North Carolina’s Memento of the Mecklenburg Centennial.
 
A National Flag Dedicated to Tennessee—Interesting Correspondence Between Hon. H. M. Polk and...

1875 Harper’s Weekly 6/12/1875, p. 476

MECKLENBURG


The ceremonies of the Centennial anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence opened at noon, May 19, at Charlotte,...

1876 The Southern Home 5/22/1876

The Southern Home
TWENTHIETH OF MAY CELEBRATION

A clear sunrise, and five hundred big bells pealing in discordant tintinnabulation, greeted our citizens on Saturday morning, the 20th...

1876 The Southern Home 4/24/1876, p.3

Twentieth of May.—The Fire Department held a joint meeting of all the companies on Friday night, Chief Orr, presiding.  It was resolved to hold a parade on the 20th at 2½ o’clock P M; and to...

1884 The Charlotte Home-Democrat 5/23/1884

The 20th May Celebration.
The 109th anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was celebrated in this city on Tuesday and Wednesday last in the usual grand style.
The...

1884 The Charlotte Home - Democrat May 16, 1884, p. 3

20th May Celebration, ’84.
Condensed Programme.

Tuesday, May, 20.
 
Salute of 38 Guns and Ringing of Bells at Sun- rise.
Procession to form at 9 A. M., the Right...

1886 The Daily Charlotte Observer 5/20/1886, p. 3

LOCAL RIPPLES.
 
—All the married folks are invited to attend the 20th of May ball tonight.  Young men can procure tickets from Mr. J. A. Solomons.  Dancing will begin...

1886 Daily Charlotte Observer, May 20, 1886

Thursday, May 20, 1886
 
The 20th May.
 
Today is the 111th anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.
One hundred and eleven years...

1890 The Charlotte News 5/19/1890 Monday, May 19, 1890, p. 1

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VANCE IS HERE

All Is Good Shape For Tomorrow
Charlotte On the Eve of her Great Celebration-Firemen, Military and...

1890 The Charlotte News 5/17/1890 Saturday, May 17, 1890, p. 1

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Gay Charlotte

Banners Waving and Bunting Abounding-All Ready for the Great Celebration- Today’s Scenes in the City....

1890 The Charlotte News 5/20/1890, front page

THE GLORIOUS 20TH.
Magnificent Street Scenes in Charlotte.
 (unedited)
A GORGEOUS STREET PARADE.
 
Great...

1890 The Charlotte News 5/20/1890, p. 4

MECKLENBURG’S 20th.
 
No Nobler People Than the Men of Mecklenburg—Outside Talk About the Hornets’ Nest.
 
News and Observer:  Charlotte...

1890 The Charlotte News 5/22/1890, front page

THE LAST OF THE CELEBRATION.
 
A General Wind Up To-day—Greensboro Awarded the State Championship Medal — Newbern’s Steamer Wins the Engine...

1890 The Charlotte News 5/21/1890, front page

 MOVING FOR THE MONUMENT.
 
The Executive Committee Appointed—“The News” Adds Another $250 to Its List.
 
That monument to the memory of the signers of the...

1890 The Charlotte News 5/19/1890, p. 2

THE MONUMENT.
 
That monument to the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence must be erected, and now is the time to move in the matter.  The Daily News has a fund of $1...

1890 The Charlotte News 5/21/1890, p. 2

Says the Greensboro Patriot:  Today is the anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.  It was 115 years ago today that the brave men of Mecklenburg–termed by Cornwallis veritable...

1891 The Charlotte News Thursday, May 21, 1891, p. 1

BROWN GETS THE DEED.

The Balloon is Found by the Side of the Beattie’s Ford Road Six Miles From Town, by J. E. Brown, Who Gets a Lot in Dilworth.
One of the...

1891 The Charlotte News Thursday, May 14, 1891, p. 1

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Bring In the Hornet’s Nests
The coat of arms of Charlotte’s 20th May is a hornet nest, to immortalize the name given the people of...

1891 The Charlotte News 5/20/1891, Wednesday, p. 1

The Fireworks Tonight
The expert sent here to superintend the fireworks display tonight has been hard at work all day, and has everything arranged for a great display. The...

1892 The Charlotte News 5/18/1892, p. 1

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THE CELEBRATION BEGINS.

THREE BIG DAYS FOR CHARLOTTE ASSURED.
The City in Gay Attire –Hill and Party to Arrive...

1892 The Charlotte News 5/19/1892, p. 1

ALL STARTS OFF WELL.

THE BIG CELEBRATION UNDER WAY.
To-Morrow is the Great Day- - Fine Weather, and Jolly Good Crowds in the City.
The second...

1892 The Charlotte News 5/18/1892, p. 4

 THE DOCUMENT.
 
Copy of the Paper Signed Years Ago, that has Made Charlotte Famous.
 
MECKLENBURG’S DECLARATION.
 
Charlotte-...

1892 Mecklenburg Times 5/20/1892, p.5


May 20th ’91

CELEBRATING THE 117TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

THREE DAYS OF EXERCISE –...

1896 THE MECKLENBURG TIMES 5/21/1896, p. 8

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20TH MAY IN CHARLOTTE
AN OFF YEAR IN THE CELEBRATION LINE.
BUT LARGE THRONGS OF VISITORS HERE-...

1896 The Charlotte Observer Woman’s Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Edition 5/20/1896, p. 2

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THE MECKLENBURG DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
May 20th, 1775.
 
Of all the points of historic interest...

1896 Daily Charlotte Observer, August 16, 1896
 
Image and article courtesy of the Charlotte Observer This photograph of Adam Brevard Davidson (1808-1896) appeared on p.3 of the Daily Charlotte Observer on August 16, 1896,...
1897 Mecklenburg Times May 19, 1897, p. 1

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CHARLOTTE EN FETE
Gala Week Festivities Opened By Brilliant Parade
Steamer Contests Held This Morning. Hook and Ladder...

1898 The Charlotte Daily Observer 5/18/1898, p. 6

 —Miss Annie Rankin has some pretty china 20th of May souvenirs at Woodall & Sheppard’s; and Miss Bloss Lucas “Hornet” cups at Jordan’s.
 

1898 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/17/1898, p. 5

 THE 20th OF MAY CELEBRATION.
 
A Grand Parade of Continental Guards and Others –The City Enthused—Preparations.
 
Charlotte has a regular...

1898 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/21/1898, p. 10

CAPTAIN JACK.
 
One of His Descendants Who  Expected to be Here To-Day, Relates Some Incidents in the Life of this Famous Character....

1898 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/19/1898, p. 5

 ALL THINGS IN READINESS.
 
THE 20TH OF MAY BUT ONE DAY OFF.
 
Order of March for the Continental Guards ...

1898 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/21/1898, p. 12

 THE SURPRISE AT M’INTYRES.
 
INCIDENT OF REVOLUTIONARY DAYS.
 
How Twelve Determined Men of...

1898 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/23/1898, p. 5

AFTER THE HURLY-BURLY.
 
Left Over Facts After the Big Celebration of Friday.
 
The high tide of patriotism which engulfed the city Friday...

1898 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/29/1898, p. 3

THE MECKLENBURG DECLARATION.
 
Its Authenticity Challenged by a Boston Paper, Whose Editor is Routed and Argument Demolished by Dr. Graham.
 ...

1900 The Charlotte News 5/18/1900, p. 1

McKINLEY’S REGRETS.
 
The President will Stay in Washington to Entertain the Shriners.
 
The News announced to the public last evening by...

1900 The Charlotte Daily Observer, May 20 and May 22, 1900

The Charlotte Daily Observer, May 20, 1900, Part 2, p.1 
 
"Standing on the iron tablet in Independence Square, which marks the spot where the famous Mecklenburg Declaration of...

1902 The People’s Paper 5/21/1902, p. 2

 
SHIP[P] MONUMENT UNVEILED.
Impressive Ceremonies-A Large Crowd Present. Charlotte, Special. -The unveiling of the monument to Lieutenant W. E. Shipp was made notable...

1902 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/18/1902, p. 5

THE UNVEILING CEREMONIES.
 
A LINE OF MARCH IS ARRANGED.
 
An Imposing Display of Military and...

1902 An Historic Battleflag

An Historic Battleflag

Made by the Women of the Mecklenburg District
 
Greenville, Texas, April 26- There was on exhibition...

1903 The Charlotte Observer 5/21/1903, p. 6

 THE GLORIOUS TWENTIETH.
HUNDREDS HERE TO ENJOY THE DAY.
 
Although Nothing but Races Had Been Advertised, the City Was Filled With People...

1903 The Charlotte Observer 5/21/1903, p. 6

TWENTIETH OF MAY VISITORS.

A Partial List of the People Who Were Here From Adjoining Towns.
Among the visitors who registered at the Central were: James S. Turner...

1903 The Charlotte Daily Observer MAY 21, 1903, p. 4

LET US CELEBRATE THE 20TH.
Yesterday was demonstrated, what has been demonstrated before, that people will come to Charlotte on very slight provocation. There were not...

1903 The Charlotte Daily Observer May 20, 1903, p. 6

MECKLENBURG STAKE TO-DAY
FINE SPORT EXPECTED AT THE PARK.
 
Spirited Horses Will Compete for the $200 Purse – Winners Yesterday: Lariat,...

1905 The Charlotte Daily Observer May 21, 1905, p. 10

 

 
Spending the 20th May People Will Visit Charlotte
 
The Crowd Longed For the Old Time parade yesterday but It Came Not. Streets and the Carnival Grounds....

1905 Charlotte Observer 1/16/1905

 “IT IS NO MYTH,” SAYS HISTORIAN ASHE
 
Declares That Mecklenburg Undoubtedly Declared Her Independence.
 
Inasmuch as Historian Ashe is...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, Section 3, p. 4

THE MECKLENBURG DECLARATION.
 
(What follows is copied from the 11th chapter, volume 11, of Martin’s History, the author of which was personally familiar with the...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, Sec.3, p.6

THE MORAVIAN RECORD
 
Following is a translation of the above German transcript from the Moravian Records in the archives at Salem, furnishing strong and indisputable...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, sec. 3, p. 2

AN ADDRESS BY REV. DR. F. L. HAWKS
 
Delivered on the Occasion of the Celebration of the Signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, Held May 20th,...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, Section 3, p. 1

THE 131ST ANNIVERSARY OF MECKLENBURG’S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
 
The Civic Programme
 
MONDAY
 
11 A. M.—The...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, sec. 3, p. 3

SPEECH OF DR. MOSES W. ALEXANDER
 
DELIVERED IN HOPEWELL CHURCH ON JULY 5TH, 1776, IN WHICH TRIBUTE IS PAID TO THE MECKLENGURG DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
 ...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, Sec. 3, p. 4

OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED
President and Declaration
 
In Ordering Cavalry, Marines and Marine Band to Participate in Next Week...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, Sec. 3, p. 5

THE VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION.
 
(This poem, which was written by Rev. Dr. Walter W. Moore, president of Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va., won the $50 prize...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, Sec. 3, p. 4

THE MECKLENBURG DECLARATION.
 
I.—RESOLVED, That whosoever directly or indirectly abets, or in any way form, or manner, countenances the invasion of our rights, as...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, Sec. 3, p. 4

OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED
President and Declaration
 
In Ordering Cavalry, Marines and Marine Band to Participate in Next Week...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, Sec. 3, p. 4

THE MECKLENBURG DECLARATION.
 
I.—RESOLVED, That whosoever directly or indirectly abets, or in any way form, or manner, countenances the invasion of our rights, as...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 05/20/1906, Sec. 3, p. 3

ODE TO NORTH CAROLINA
 
PATTIE WILLIAMS GEE.
 
To stay the rocks from heralding the shame
That in oblivion of men’s praise or blame
Her...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, p. 7

OFFICIAL PROGRAMME—ORDER OF EXERCISES
 
Monday, May 21st.—Women’s Club meeting, 11 o’clock; balloon ascension, 3 o’clock; carnival of lights, 7.30 o’clock; reception...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, p. 6

DR. I. H. ALEXANDER COMING.
 
Great-Grandson of President of the Declaration Convention to be Here This Week.
 
A letter...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, p. 15

 A Free Trip To Charlotte
 
For the Great Mecklenburg Celebration That Week is offered to all out of town purchasers of real estate from our extensive lists, during...

1906 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/20/1906, p. 14

A DINNER TO VETERANS.
 
Mayor S. S. McNinch Invites County People to Join in Entertaining Old Soldiers Tuesday.
 
Mayor S. S. McNinch is...

1907 The Charlotte News 5/20/1907, p. 5

A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR THE TWENTIETH
 
The May Military Festival Begun—Lasts Until the End of the Week—Midway, Fireworks and Artillery Drills Among the Features of...

1907 The Charlotte News 5/22/1907, p. 7

 Baltimore Sun Critic on Mecklenburg Declaration
 
Following is a Criticism of Books, written by Mr. G. W. Graham, in defense of Mecklenburg Declaration of...

1907 The Charlotte News 5/22/1907, p. 5

Another Big Crowd at the Park Last Night
 
The attendance at the carnival show at Latta Park last night was another record-breaker.  It is estimated that nearly 4,000...

1907 The Charlotte News 5/23/1907, p. 5

FIRE WORKS TONIGHT
 
The Carnival Continues to be Visited by a Large Crowd.
 
The most interesting feature of the carnival tonight will be a fire-works...

1908 The Charlotte News 5/21/1908, p. 5

THE FIREMEN’S DRILL
 
Several Thousand People Witnessed the Performance—To be Repeated.
 
A genuine twentieth of May crowd...

1908 The Charlotte News 5/20/1908, p. 5

Will Show the Fireman’s Life
 
Fireman’s Drill at The Park This Evening Will be Both Unique and Interesting—The Midway Attractions are Good....

1908 The Charlotte News 5/21/1908, p. 5

D. A. R’s Have Splendid Meeting.
 
The members of Mecklenburg Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, had a delightful meeting yesterday afternoon with Misses...

1908 The Charlotte News 5/22/1908, p. 4

LIVELY CELEBRATION IN PROGRESS AT DILWORTH
 
Firemen’s Drill Will be Repeated This Evening at 10 O’Clock—The Midway is Unusually Good and Attractive—Some of the...

1908 The Charlotte News 5/20/1908, p. 4

MAY TWENTIETH.
 
Today marks another anniversary of the signing of the immortal Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.  Although the celebration of the occasion is...

1908 The Charlotte News 5/22/1908, p. 2

A RUN-AWAY GIRL.
 
She Leaves Her Home in Concord to Attend the Carnival Here.
 
A young white woman, Sadie Crowell, was...

1909 The Charlotte Observer 5/21/1909, p. 4

PRESIDENT TAFT IN CHARLOTTE.
 
Without forfeiting any small reputation for sobriety of statement which we may possess, it is difficult to do President Taft’s Charlotte...

1909 Synopsis of Events

1909: Synopsis of Events

U.S. President William Howard Taft visited Charlotte.

Janie Alexander Patterson wrote the Mecklenburg March in 1909, to celebrate President...

1909 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/21/1909, p 1

 PARTISAN POLITICS NOT A FACTOR IN THE DISPOSITION OF HIGH JUDICIAL OFFICES
 
President Taft’s Significant Utterance in Charlotte Speech...

1909 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/21/1909, p. 7

CELEBRATION NOTES.
 
The coming of the President has directed attention to the affairs of the nation to a marked degree.  Congress is now and has been in session since...

1909 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/22/1909, p. 4

NOTES OF THE CELEBRATION
 
Special mention should have appeared of the float entered by the Cole Manufacturing Company.  It consisted of an elegant exhibit of the...

1909 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/21/1909, p. 9

THE DAY WE CELEBRATE.
 
The Twentieth of May is here, Tar Heels;
And President Taft’s here, too.
The streets are thronged with people,
And covered...

1909 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/21/1909, p. 8

PRESIDENT ACTED WELL
 
SO SAYS COL. HARRY SKINNER
 
United States District Attorney Skinner Highly Pleased With President Taft’s...

1909 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/21/1909, p. 4

PRESIDENT TAFT IN CHARLOTTE.
 
Without forfeiting any small reputation for sobriety of statement which we may possess it is difficult to do President Taft’s Charlotte...

1909 Charlotte Daily Observer 5/17/1909, p. 7

SHOW BEGINS TO-MORROW
 
TROOPS COME THIS AFTERNOON.
 
The Spirit of the Celebration This Week...

1912 The Charlotte Evening Chronicle 5/18/1912

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 EVERYTHING IN READINESS FOR TWENTIETH OF MAY CELEBRATION
 
Official Program Shows Three Days Filled With...

1912 The Charlotte Evening Chronicle 5/20/1912, sec. 1, pp. 1-2, 6

Twentieth of May Celebration Begins With Mammoth Parade
 
Crowds Estimated At From 25,000 to 30,000 People See First Auspicious Feature of The Three-...

1914 Charlotte Daily Observer November 1, 1914, p. 19

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Story of That Suffrage Float

How Feminine Inventiveness Overcame Difficulties
And...

1916 The Charlotte Observer 5/26/1916, p. 6

CELEBRATION FUNDS WILL PAY ALL BILLS
 
Committee Liquidates All Those Approved and There is Slight Balance for Incidentals.
 ...

1916 The Charlotte Observer 5/26/1916, p. 6

CHARLOTTE SPEECH IS HEARD AROUND WORLD
Berlin Papers Discuss Significance of President’s Address on Phifer Avenue Last Saturday.

In one of its...

1916 The Charlotte News May 21, 1916, p. 2

 
PRES. WILSON AT THE GRAND STAND
 
He and Mrs. Wilson Met by Distinguished Citizens of the Two Carolinas – Mrs. Wilson a Beautiful Woman – Her Gowning the...

1916 The Charlotte News May 20, 1916 Sec. 2, pages 1, 12



PARADE IMMENSE – MILITIA, FLOATS, IN LONG LINE
 
Packed Streets Greeted Marchers as They Moved from Morehead to Square, Thence to Reviewing Stand.
 ...

1916 The Charlotte News May 20, 1916, p. 2

VIRGINIA VETERANS R. E. LEE CAMP HERE FOR 20TH
 
R. E. Lee Camp, United Confederate Veterans, of Richmond, Va., who have been attending the twenty-sixth annual reunion...

1916 The Charlotte News May 20, 1916 Sec. 2, p. 1

WELCOME ADDRESS BY MAYOR OF CITY
 
Mayor T. L. Kirkpatrick Delivers Ringing Words of Greeting to Distinguished Visitors, His Speech Sparkling With Eloquent Utterances and Prophetic...

1916 The Charlotte News May 20, 1916 Night Edition Section 2, p. 1

Carolinians Cheer Chief Executive of Nation Who Is Charlotte’s Honor Guest
 
President Thrills Vast Audience With Picture Of Role To Be Played By United States After The War
 ...

1916 The Charlotte News May 20, 1916, p. 2

GOVERNOR CRAIG WARMLY RECEIVED
 
Governor Craig of North Carolina Warmly Greeted at Every Turn – He and His Staff Very Much in Evidence and Made Very Marked...

1916 The Charlotte News May 19, 1916, p. 15

THE MARINE BAND ARRIVED TODAY
 
The Marine Band, the crack musical organization for May 20, arrived in the city this morning at 10 o’clock from Washington over the Southern Railway and...

1916 The Charlotte News 5/19/1916, p. 15

VISITORS FAST FILLING THE CITY – ARRIVAL MILITIA
Governors of North and South Carolina Coming Tonight Militia Due This Afternoon and Tonight – Program for This Evening....

1916 The Charlotte News May 21, 1916 p. 2

THOUSANDS SAW THE SHAM BATTLE
 
Myers Park and East Dilworth and Points Between Filled With Picturesque Throngs of Humanity Witnessed Maneuvers of North Carolina State...

1916 The Charlotte News May 20, 1916, p. 2

RICHMOND GRAYS WERE “HIT” OF THE PARADE
 
The Richmond Grays, the military organization of Richmond, Va., who were in the parade today were accorded an instantaneous...

1916 The Charlotte News May 21, 1916, p. 2

LUNCHEON FOR THE PRESIDENT AND MRS. WILSON
 
President and Mrs. Wilson were tendered a very elegant luncheon yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Southern...

1922 The Charlotte Observer May 21, 1922, p. 7

Declaration Is Given Pershing
 
Signers’ Chapter Present Exact Copy.
 
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...

1922 The Charlotte Observer May 21, 1922

City In Gala Attire Stage All Set For The Great Day
 
People of Charlotte and North Carolina to honor Distinguished Guests of World Renown While...

1922 The Charlotte Observer 5/20/1922, p. 1

 CITY IN GALA ATTIRE, STAGE ALL SET FOR THE GREAT DAY
 
People of Charlotte and North Carolina to Honor Distinguished Guests of World Renown While Celebrating...

1928 The Charlotte Observer 5/15/1928, p. 11

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MAY 20 FETE PLANNED
 
COLORFUL DAY IS PREDICTED
 
Col. David L. Stone, of...

1938 The Charlotte News 5/18/1938

The Charlotte News
5/18/1938, p. 16

 
D. A. R. Will Mark Graves of Signers
 
 
Program Is Arranged...

1941 The Charlotte Observer 5/20/1941

The Charlotte Observer


5/20/1941, p. 6

 

Banks, Courthouse, City Hall Close Today
 
...

1941 The Charlotte Observer

May 21, 1941, pp. 1-2A

Mecklenburg Independence Day Breaks With Tradition
Highlights-Scouts Parade and Garden Party
 
SCOUTS STAGE STADIUM RALLY

Youth Takes Over...

1948 Shout Freedom!

1948: Shout Freedom!

Shout Freedom!, by Legette Blythe, used one of the largest outdoor sets in state history.  It ran for two weeks at the Southern States Fairground. Thousands of people...

1950 Synopsis of Events

1950: Synopsis of Events

Prior to the celebration on May 19th, the governor was the guest of the mayor for breakfast in the suite at the Hotel Selwyn. Dr. H. W. Jordan, chairman of the...

1952 The Charlotte Observer 5/20/1952

The Charlotte Observer


05/20/1952, p.2, section 1

 

Vet Clubhouse To Be Opened In Ceremonies
 
Independence Day Will Be...

1952 The Charlotte Observer 5/21/1952

The Charlotte Observer
05/21/1952
p. 1, section B
 
New Vet Center Is Dedicated At Ceremony
 
Mecklenburg Independence Day, Also Armed Forces...

1954 The Charlotte Observer 5/19/1954

The Charlotte Observer

5/19/1954, pp. 1 and 2-A
 
Most Lavish Tribute Yet Paid Signers
 
...

1954 The Charlotte Observer 5/19/1954

The Charlotte Observer


5/19/1954

 p. 4-A

 

Jonas Gives Mecklenburg Added Fame
 ...

1954 The Charlotte Observer May 19, 1954

The Charlotte Observer
May 19, 1954
p. 4A
 
Text of President Eisenhower’s Address In Freedom Park
 
Here is the text of President Eisenhower’s address:
...

1955 Voice in the Wilderness

  Voice in the Wilderness by LeGette Blythe, portrays the influence of Presbyterianism in the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. 
 
Image courtesy of the...
1968 Mrs. Lydon B. Johnson Dedicates the James Polk Birthplace, Pineville, NC

OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY
TO MRS. LYNDON B. JOHNSON
THE WHITE HOUSE

 

EXCERPTS FROM REMARKS BY
MRS. LYNDON B. JOHNSON...

1969 Charlotte News 5/19/1969

‘Our Day To Be Quiet’
 
Mecklenburg Independence Day will be observed here with reserve and simplicity tomorrow.
 
On the heels of the county’s year-long Bicentennial...

1976 The Charlotte Observer 5/20/1976

The Charlotte Observer

5/20/1976
p. E 1
 
Meck Dec Day Festivities
 
Speeches, bagpipes,...

1985 The Charlotte Observer 5/20/1985

The Charlotte Observer
5/20/1985
 p. 4B
 
Mecklenburg Declaration Celebrated

More than 100 people helped...

1989 The Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Observer

5/7/1989
p. 7A

(edited for clarity)
 
Mecklenburg Colonial Heritage Weekend
 
The...

1990 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Proclamation

1990: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Proclamation

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Proclamation

 

1995 The Charlotte Observer 5/20/1995

The Charlotte Observer
5/20/1995, p. 14 A
 
Meck Dec Day

There is value still in remembering the fervor for...

2010 "The Spirit of Mecklenburg" Statue Unveiled

The May 20th Society invites you to join us for the 235th Celebration of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, featuring the unveiling of “The Spirit of Mecklenburg” Statue...