There are approximately 70,000 people who work in Uptown Charlotte and it is likely that most have inadvertently walked on the Charlotte Liberty Walk at some point perhaps without knowing what it was they were walking on. This begs the question: what is the Charlotte Liberty Walk?
The Charlotte Liberty Walk is a three-quarter-mile portion of Uptown Charlotte where 15 pavers have been specifically placed in order to tell the story of Charlotte during the time of the Revolutionary War from the locations where specific events occurred. The pavers feature a drawing of Captain James Jack, Charlotte’s most recognizable Revolutionary War hero riding his horse.
From detailing where the British Encampment existed, to the location of the Battle of Charlotte, to where Major General Nathanael Green was chosen by General George Washington to be the commander in the south; each event marked on the Liberty Walk describes an interesting facet of how Charlotte played a large role in the Revolutionary War.
The Liberty Walk is a collaboration of the May 20th Society, the Arts & Science Council, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Charlotte Center City Partners, and Central Piedmont Community College to focus attention and appreciation of Charlotte’s colonial history.
So the next time you find yourself in Uptown Charlotte, take a moment to look where you are walking. You can learn a lot about how Charlotte helped make liberty possible!