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Friday, February 06, 2009

Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Almost a year before the Continental Congress declared independence from the King of England, leaders from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina wrote the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775. The Declaration was an immediate response to the Battle of Lexington-Concord fought in Massachusetts on April 19, 1775. 

The 27 signers were leading citizens of Mecklenburg, Rowan and Cabarrus Counties and it was read before the people in front of the courthouse. Captain James Jack carried a report of the Declaration to the Second Continential Congress where it had assembled in Philadephia. 

Apparently, Mecklenburg's courier stopped in Wachovia (Salem), which is now Old Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on his way home from Philadelphia. A transcript is recorded in the Records of the Moravians of North Carolina, stating that Congress thought the Mecklenburg Declaration premature. Almost a year later, the Continental Congress wrote the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776. 

Since many local records were destroyed when Mecklenburg Secretary, John McKnitt. Alexander's home was burned in 1800, the events were recorded from witnesses who were still living from the Revolutionary War. However, the Moravian records in Old Salem to give credit to the claims. Charlotte began celebrating the Mecklenburg Declaration with 60 Revolutionary Veterans participating in the 1825 celebration. 

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thanks for your recent comment on my blog. This post is very informative, BTW.
You know - my teens barely tolerate my enthusiasm as a writer. Sigh...

Hi Jennifer,
Thanks for visiting my blog and best of luck with your writing.

Hi Jennifer -

Thank you for the interesting history facts. Your blog is always a pleasurable read.

Susan :)

Wow. This is an interesting article. I've never heard of this document, and I'm fascinated by it. What a great element of our history. I'm glad you wrote about it. I fear that we are slowly (maybe quickly) loosing our memories and our heritage, so thanks for reminding us what it's all about.

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. You are a welcome guest, and I really enjoyed poking around your site this evening. You have a great thing going here!