Spirit of Mecklenburg, Captain James Jack, Charlotte
Chas Fagan, Charlotte, NC, Sculptor
The Spirit of Mecklenburg is a one and a half-life size, bronze equestrian statue of Captain James Jack. Jack is best known for his ride from Charlotte to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia to deliver a copy of the Mecklenburg Resolves in 1775. The statue depicts Jack on horseback riding at a gallop. He is wearing a buckskin jacket and tri-hat and riding boots that reach almost to the knees. A powder horn and small pouch hang on his proper right side. The horse’s head is turned to the proper left with Jack leaning forward to the same side as if he is turning the horse.
The sculpture stands in a large central fountain between the Pearl Street Bridge and Morehead Street which serves as centerpiece of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. The fountain area is about 70-feet wide and flanked by trees all around.
City of Charlotte
May 20, 2010
35.216770 , -80.832600 View in Geobrowse
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May 20th Society
$400,000 to $500,000
When news arrived of the outbreak of fighting at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts, the Mecklenburg Resolves of May 1775 were drawn up declaring British laws and authority to be null and void. James Jack was dispatched to carry the Resolves to the Continental Congress. On reaching Philadelphia he found that the North Carolina delegates, still hoping for reconciliation with England, considered the action premature. No evidence exists that they took action to present the resolves to delegates from the other colonies.
The sculpture is located on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College near downtown Charlotte, NC. It is part of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and stands close to the Pearl Street Bridge at Morehead Street.
The greenway is lined with trees, shrubbery, flowering plants and places for seating as it winds four miles along a small stream.