CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The May 20th Society, the Charlotte-based organization that celebrates MecDec, the 1775 signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and our county's rebellious history, will center 2010 activities around the unveiling of the new statue of Captain James Jack called "The Spirit of Mecklenburg."
The statue of Captain Jack is not just a symbol of our history. It is a symbol of our collective spirit of courage; of our ability to take a stand in the face of obstacles and danger in the past, present and future. The statue captures a sense of movement and speed, reminding us that Captain Jack and our forefathers were risking their lives to build a better future for their children. He was racing into an uncertain but hopeful future on behalf of us all. Today, we continue to take risks on behalf of future generations and a better community.
The artist behind this is nationally recognized sculptor Chas Fagan. Chas is best known for his bronze statue of President Ronald Reagan in the United States Capitol Rotunda in Washington and a statue of President George H. W. Bush on display in Houston, TX. Chas lives in Charlotte and is thrilled to have produced the design of this new iconic image for Charlotte.
The statue will be placed at the corner of Kings Drive and 4th Street, on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, across the street from the CPCC Overcash Building. It is the start of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Trail of History on Little Sugar Creek Greenway, consisting of a series of bronze statues that define the history of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. The Trail of History will be in the Kings Drive portion of Little Sugar Creek Greenway between 7th Street and Morehead Street.
This event will feature local VIP's and elected officials, descendents of our founding families, Chas Fagan, music, reenactors and a few surprises! We will unveil the statue and celebrate our past, present and our future. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, May 20
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kings Drive and 4th Street
About The May 20th Society
The May 20th Society, established in 2004, endeavors to capture and celebrate Charlotte's rebellious and visionary spirit. The organization hopes to define the city's future by heralding its rich history – a history that changed forever on May 20, 1775, when militia leaders signed and finalized The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. This courageous act of patriotism is believed to have preceded the nation's Declaration by over a year and established a precedent of leadership that has continued to define Charlotte for over 230 years.
For more information about The May 20th Society, contact Charles Jonas III, 704-295-0457, or visit www.may20thsociety.org/about.cfm.