The Charlotte Museum of History is doing to commemorate MeckDec Day, which is May 20th, 2021. The Charlotte Museum of History will offer two virtual activities to honor Charlotte’s most legendary moment, the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, or MeckDec, on May 20, 1775. Some historians say the MeckDec was America’s original declaration of independence.
“The MeckDec is an important point of pride for Mecklenburg County, and on May 20th, we celebrate its ideals and remember its history,” said Adria Focht, president & CEO of The Charlotte Museum of History. “We also acknowledge that the ideals of freedom and liberty that the MeckDec espouses are not fully realized. The museum is committed to sharing and interpreting all of this history.”
On Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 the history museum will premiere a new video with Scott Syfert, who will take viewers inside his extensive collection of MeckDec memorabilia. Syfert is a local attorney and author of “The First American Declaration of Independence? The Disputed History of the Mecklenburg Declaration of May 20, 1775.” On Thursday, May 20th, at 10 a.m. the museum will live stream a reading of the MeckDec from the steps of Charlotte’s oldest house, the 1774 Alexander Rock House. Historic re-enactor Robert Ryals, dressed in period costume, will publicly proclaim the MeckDec as it may have been heard in 1775. The reading will be streamed live on the museum’s Facebook channel, @charlottemuseumofhistory. As a reminder, the events are on May 18th and May 20th, 2021.