21st Century

IN THE YEAR 2003

MAY 18, 2006

MAY 17 – 18, 2007

MAY 20, 2008

MAY 20, 2009

MAY 20, 2010

May 19, 2011

May 17, 2012

PRESENT DAY

20th Century

19th Century

18th Century

IN THE YEAR 2003
The May 20th Society is created to revive celebration of Charlotte is rich history and the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

MAY 18, 2006
Nationally known historian Michael Beschloss gives the inaugural May 20th Lecture at the historic Morehead Inn.

MAY 17 – 18, 2007
Nationally known historian David McCullough speaks at the Charlotte City Club on Charlotte’s Revolutionary history and the importance of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. On Friday, May 18 Charlotte celebrated the largest uptown commemoration since President Ford’s visit in 1975.


MAY 20, 2008
Award-winning and nationally recognized historian Ken Burns participates at The May 20th Society’s guest speaker series to celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the MeckDec telling the audience:

“And I think you have, particularly in this complicated city which has experienced so much remarkable growth in the last few decades, needs to have anchors that bring us back to a period in which event those newcomers can share and participate in”


MAY 20, 2009
Doris Kearns Goodwin, nationally-known historian and author speaks at The May 20th Society’s 2009 celebration.

MAY 20, 2010
Cokie Roberts, renowned historian and political commentator speaks at The May 20th Society’s 2010 celebration.

To a crowd of more than 1,000 people, The May 20th Society unveiled the Spirit of Mecklenburg Statue located on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway – at the corner of 4th Street and Kings Drive.

 

 

 

May 19, 2011
Andrew Roberts, award-winning historian and author, speaks at The May 20th Society’s 2011 celebration.

 

MAY 17, 2012
Jeff Shaara, best-selling author, speaks at The Mint Museum Uptown for The May 20th Soicety’s 2012 celebration.  The Charlotte Liberty Walk is formally unveiled.

 

MAY 20, 2013Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and bestselling author, speaks at McGlohon Theater for The May 20th Society’s 2013 celebration.  Civil Rights activist Reginald Hawkins was honored as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of desegregation in Charlotte.

 

IMG_9869MAY 20, 2014
The Inaugural MeckDec Day at the Ballpark took place at the new BB&T ballpark in uptown Charlotte.  Revolutionary Segwalloons were added to Charlotte’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 

 

 

 

PRESENT DAY
Each year, The May 20th Society continues to partner with organizations throughout the community in our shared mission to preserve, honor and promote Charlotte’s rich history.  We are committed to providing superior programming to support the significance of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

 
 
 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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