Mecklenburg Independence Day

Mecklenburg Independence Day

May 20
The citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, would like to think that their ancestors were the first to call for independence from the British when they adopted the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775. But historians now believe that the resolutions calling for independence that had been sent to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia were never actually presented there.
Even though the Mecklenburg patriots may not have been the first to declare their independence from British rule, their actions represent an important step on the road to the American Revolution.
CONTACTS:
Mecklenburg Historical Association
P.O. Box 35032
Charlotte, NC 28235
www.meckdec.org
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20540
202-707-5000; fax: 202-707-8366
www.loc.gov
SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 378
AnnivHol-2000, p. 84
DictDays-1988, p. 75
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