The Queen's Table http://wfae.org en A Trifling Place, Episode 8: The Story Behind Those Big Statues On Independence Square http://wfae.org/post/trifling-place-episode-8-story-behind-those-big-statues-independence-square <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OK, lots of cities have a Square. There’s Red Square, Times Square, St. Peter’s Square to name a few.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And then … there’s Independence Square.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Where’s that, you ask?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte – at the intersection of Trade and Tryon.</span></p><p>In case you didn’t know, this intersection is where a Native American trading path - Trade Street – crossed what used to be called the Great Wagon Road, which we now know as Tryon.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, the intersection is named Independence Square to recognize the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. County leaders signed the document on May 20, 1775, declaring freedom from tyranny … I mean England … more than a year before the Continental Congress did it in Philly.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four statues at each corner of the intersection further distinguish the square. These statues are the subject of this edition of </span><a href="http://www.wfae.org/topic/trifling-place" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>A Trifling Place</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:53:32 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 24933 at http://wfae.org A Trifling Place, Episode 8: The Story Behind Those Big Statues On Independence Square