Barn At Hezekiah Alexander Homesite
Mary Ann Artz
Photograph - Photograph
The Hezekiah Alexander House in Charlotte, North Carolina, built in 1774, is the oldest surviving structure in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. The image here is of the reconstructed barn. Please see https://fineartamerica.com/controlpanel/updateartwork.html?artworkid=29120717 for an image of the house itself.
The 600-acre plantation was home to Alexander, his wife Mary Sample, and their 10 children. Alexander, like many of the other wealthy Mecklenburg leaders, owned slaves. He was one of five men - John McKnitt Alexander, Ephraim Brevard, Abraham Alexander and Thomas Polk - who were at the center of Mecklenburg's political and economic struggles during the Revolutionary War years. These men, the Committee of Safety, maintained order and kept citizens informed of the turbulent events taking place. In 1775, news of a British attack on Massachusetts colonists reached the Carolinas.
Mecklenburgers angrily announced their freedom in documents called the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Mecklenburg Resolves. Alexander was one of the 27 signers of the proclamation.
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January 1st, 2020
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