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CHARLOTTE 2 (newer paintings)

THIS IS DAVID’S MORE RECENT PAINTINGS OF CHARLOTTE. Scroll through the pages at the bottom…

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captain-jack's skyline

Picture 14 of 109

Captain Jack's Skyline, 80"x24", 2012 acrylic and oil on wood. original in the private collection of the Jonas Family, charlotte nc-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------17" signed prints available below for $25, just click on the add to cart button (larger prints and mounted prints available: email DavidFrenchOriginals@gmail.com )...see captain jacks story below

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On May 19, 1775 a rider raced into Charlottetowne with news of the massacre of colonists by the British at the Battle of Concord and Lexington. Angered at this news and already burdened by the oppressive, unjust laws of King George III, tradition says that a band of local patriots met through the night and into May 20th to draft the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (or MecDec). On May 31, they met again to draft a set of Resolves that outlined how they would self govern. These treasonous documents declared that the actions of the Crown were intolerable and that Charlottetowne and Mecklenburg County were no longer under British rule. A young tavern owner, Captain James Jack, volunteered to take these powerful documents on the arduous journey to the Continental Congress. Knowing full well that if caught he would be immediately hung; he risked his livelihood, property, family and very life to transport these important documents. Slipping past British regulars and spying Tories, Jack arrived in Philadelphia, demanding Mecklenburg County's declaration of freedom be read into record. Just as Paul Revere's famous ride alerted patriots to the British landing in Boston, James Jack's ride helped kindle the embers of revolution in the Continental Congress. Captain Jack has become a legendary figure in the annals of Charlotte-Mecklenburg history. He is a significant symbol of our community; a community that has risked everything for the rights and protections that we take for granted today. This spirit is what the May 20th Society seeks to honor with its statue: "The Spirit of Mecklenburg". The statue of Captain James Jack was dedicated in the spring of 2010 at the corner of 4th Street and Kings Drive, with the opening of The Little Sugar Creek Greenway. The May 20th Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that endeavors to capture and celebrate Charlotte’s rebellious and visionary spirit and history—a history that began on May 20, 1775, when two dozen prominent civic leaders signed and approved The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (MecDec) – the first declaration of independence in America! Since 2003, The May 20th Society has been raising funds to bring history alive in Charlotte.