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Charlotte's Hidden History

Revealing little-known historical facts about the Queen City



Illustrations by Dustin Harbin

Wikipedia shares the basics: Charlotte gets her name from Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III; and our “hornet’s nest” nickname comes from General Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War—after he was driven out by a swarm of rebellious residents. But dig a little deeper and Charlotte contains a surprising hidden history—found under our feet in places we visit daily, and preserved in the memories of residents.

Read personal stories from longtime Charlotte residents about the desegregation of restaurants, a German POW camp in Myers Park, and more.

Click on the illustrations below to learn about Charlotte's past.

We invite your responses and discussion. Please refrain from personal attacks, profanity, commercial promotion, or non sequiturs.

Reader Comments:
Jan 30, 2013 11:32 am
 Posted by  tdcwriter

Nice piece and interesting little-known tidbits. I'm disappointed the James K. Polk birthplace in Pineville is nowhere in this article. In light of the DNC last year, I would think people would want to know that the 11th president of the United States was born right in our own back yard.

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