This past February 26 would have been Johnny Cash’s 88th birthday. Among Cash's many visits to Charlotte was this trip in February 1973. He and June Carter Cash were in town to premiere their film “The Gospel Road,” when Cash was made a “Knight of the Queen City” by Mayor John Belk. The Order of the Knights (and Ladies) of the Queen City was created by Belk to be a distinctively Charlottean alternative to awarding the traditional Key to the City to notable figures and guests.
Johnny and June Carter Cash, February 1973.
Unfortunately I couldn't find any other information about this award to share with you guys. So if any of you can find out others that received it, please let me know! I'd love to add a running list to this article.
Until next week!
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Information taken from:
UNC Charlotte Special Collections on Instagram - @unccspeccoll
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