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  • Monument Name

    Liberty Tree, Charlotte

  • Type

    Public Space

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

  • City

    Charlotte

  • County

    Mecklenburg

  • Description

    This Tulip Poplar Tree is a seedling of the last remaining Liberty Tree, which was planted in Boston as a tribute to the Revolutionary War. Its original seedlings were distributed to the thirteen colonies in commemoration of liberty and of the nation’s founding fathers. This seedling is an original descendent of this Liberty Tree, which was planted on the Boston Commons as a symbol of freedom and patriotism. This seed was planted in Freedom Park in 2007 and serves as a memorial to the founding of the United States.

    Images: Plaque

  • Inscription

    THE NORTH CAROLINA LIBERTY TREE / THE ORIGINAL LIBERTY TREE (1646-1775) STOOD IN BOSTON, AND WAS A GATHERING PLACE FOR PATRIOTS / DURING THE REVOLUTION. THE MASSIVE TREE’S DENSE FOLIAGE PROVIDED COVER AND KEPT THESE FREEDOM / LOVING PATRIOTS FROM BEING EASILY SPOTTED BY THE BRITISH. / IN THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED, EACH COLONY ESTABLISHED ITS OWN LIBERTY TREE. / THEN AND NOW, THE LIBERTY TREE IS A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM. / THIS TULIP POPULAR TREE IS A SEEDLING OF THE LAST REMAINING LIBERTY TREE. IT WAS GIVEN TO NORTH / CAROLINA AND CHARLOTTETOWNE BECAUSE IT WAS / ONE OF THE ORIGINAL THIRTEEN COLONIES. THIS TREE WAS / DEDICATED HERE BY THE MAY 20TH SOCIETY, AMERICAN FORESTS, THE PROVIDENCE FORUM, / AND MECKLENBURG COUNTY PARK AND RECREATION. / NOVEMBER 11, 2007

  • Custodian

    The Liberty Tree is maintained in part by the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation center. Local arborists, including Patrick George and Mike Orell, maintain additional preservation efforts and are part of a group of native Charlotteans dedicated to educating community members about the importance of sustaining and cultivating local greenery.

  • Dedication Date

    November 11, 2007

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.190000 , -80.845260 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Freedom Park Tulip Poplar," The Queen's Crown, (accessed June 15, 2014) Link

      "North Carolina Liberty Tree - Freedom Park - Charlotte, NC," Waymarking.com, April 14, 2008, (accessed June 15, 2014) Link

      Brown, Virginia. "Rooted: Trees Give the City Its Soul," Charlotte Magazine (Charlotte, NC), August 2013, (accessed January 25, 2014) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Iron fence

  • Sponsors

    Rick Roti, Charlotte Lawyer and Environmental Activist

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The May 20th Society, American Forests, the Providence Forum, and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation dedicated the tree.

  • Subject Notes

    The Liberty Tree was planted after Rick Roti, a Charlotte lawyer and arborist, advocated the city’s decision to plant the seed in homage to the original tulip poplar liberty tree.

    In the 1980s, Tom Martin, urban forestry agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, formed a committee to identify and catalogue notable trees in the city. The Liberty Poplar is one of one hundred and twenty three that Martin and his team have catalogued.

  • Controversies

    In 2010, an unknown person/persons unsuccessfully attempted to chop down the memorial. Little is known about the incident. Now, the tree remains bounded by steel frame; it has “wound wood” appearing at the site where the tree would have been split.

  • Location

    The Liberty Tree is located in Freedom Park, near the historical Dilworth and Myers Park communities.

  • Landscape

    The tree is surrounded by a black iron fence in an open field in the middle of Freedom Park. It is near paved sidewalks, rows of benches, and a pavilion.

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