Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Happy Meck Dec Day

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is a document purportedly signed on May 20, 1775 - more than a year before the United States Declaration of Independence. Though no copies remain of the original - leading to speculation that it didn't exist - the image at left suggests how it would have appeared in print.
Though its legitimacy may never be proven, the "Meck Dec" illustrates the independent spirit of Charlotte that certainly lives today. The date is celebrated still on the North Carolina State Seal and Flag, and was once a state holiday.