OK, lots of cities have a Square. There’s Red Square, Times Square, St. Peter’s Square to name a few.
And then … there’s Independence Square. Where’s that, you ask? Charlotte – at the intersection of Trade and Tryon.
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.
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.
Four statues at each corner of the intersection further distinguish the square. These statues are the subject of this edition of A Trifling Place.