Since we first started the Fact Friday series, we've featured several pieces on the history of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. But did you know that forty-five years ago in 1975, the City of Charlotte sponsored a reenactment of Captain James Jack’s delivery of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress for the declaration’s bicentennial? Jerry Linker was chosen to make the 600-mile ride, and he trained for months with Sharek, an Arabian stallion, before the two made the journey. It took the team one month to ride from Charlotte to Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where they were met by the mayors of both cities and a crowd of 1,500 people. Wow!!
You can learn more about the history of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence here: https://inside.uncc.edu/news-features/2018-05-18/five-facts-know-about-meck-dec-day
Also check out our previous features here!
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