Local Author Event: Scott Syfert - Eminent Charlottean

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Local Author Event: Scott Syfert - Eminent Charlottean King Haigler. Leader of the Catawba Indian Nation during the mid-1700s, he kept the Nation together amidst the storms of European settlement, internecine warfare, and smallpox. He befriended a Scots-Irish leader in Mecklenburg named… Thomas “Kanawha” Spratt. By legend, the first family to cross the Yadkin River in a wagon. Thom Spratt personified the Scots-Irish frontiersman that the British would later hate and fear during the American Revolution (they called them “crackers”). As one British officer described Spratt and his kinsmen: “This distinguished race of men are more savage than the Indians and possess every one of their vices but not one of their virtues.” Ishmael Titus. An African-American slave from Rowan County was sent by his master to fight against the British for the freedom of America. Double-crossed, Titus escapes to Massachusetts after the Revolution to live free himself. Captain James Jack. The “South’s Paul Revere” Jack delivered the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress in the Summer of 1775. Or did he? What papers was he carrying? Thad Tate. Son of slaves, born in 1865, Tate became the first African-American civic leader in Mecklenburg, working to establish libraries, schools and businesses for the black community, while acting as celebrity barber. Dr. Annie Alexander. The first female physician in North Carolina, she broke the glass ceiling in a time when women doctors simply didn’t do. Hugh Crotts. A quiet man, he taught American history in the Charlotte school system for decades. His students never knew of his actions as an infantryman and tank spotter at the battle of Tarawa, one of the most savage engagements in the Pacific in the second world war, until well after his death. Personified the greatest generation. These and the stories of other notable figures, including Alexander Craighead, Joseph Graham, Thomas Polk and William Shipp are told in Eminent Charlotteans. Author Bio: Scott Syfert is a native of Charlotte. He practices business and corporate law at Moore & Van Allen with a focus on international business transactions. He studied history and political science at UNC-Chapel Hill and the London School of Economics. He received his Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from UNC. He is a co-founder of the May 20th Society whose goal is to continue the commemoration of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence but more broadly to celebrate Charlotte’s revolutionary spirit. Since that time, the Society has brought many national historians to speak in Charlotte, including David McCullough and Ken Burns; completed the Charlotte Liberty Walk; and erected a statue to Captain James Jack on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Scott’s first book The First Declaration of Independence? The Disputed History of the Mecklenburg Declaration of May 20, 1775 was a definitive study of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Controversy. Can’t make the event? Want your own personalized copy? Contact the store 48 hours before the event to request one. 704-525-9239 or orders@parkroadbooks.com Event date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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