Video: sculpture of Captain Jack, Spirit of Mecklenburg, unveiled | CLT Blog

Video: sculpture of Captain Jack, Spirit of Mecklenburg, unveiled

Posted on 21 May 2010 by Justin Ruckman

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I arrived to yesterday’s unveiling ceremony just in time to hear journalist/author Cokie Roberts, and sculptor Chas Fagan, give a few words on stage. The crowd totaled around 1,200.

Probably most surprising was the canon salute they fired from the lawn in front of Tate Hall across the street. You’ll see what I’m talking about in the video, but a camera can’t do the aural and gut-turning sensations of a nearby canon going off justice.

My only question about the whole ceremony was the time of day chosen. At noon, which is approximately when the curtain dropped and Captain Jack was revealed, the sun was illuminating his backside perfectly, but his face and most of the finer artistic details were more or less in shadow. An easy detail, I’m sure, to miss when planning, but important for all the journalists, bloggers and Facebookers there snapping away from the crowd.

No complaints though. It was great to see so many people celebrating Charlotte’s history, something that doesn’t happen nearly enough around here. Even if that history is wildly contested. It’s the “Sprit of Mecklenburg”, in the end, that matters.


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    Steadman Sugg 27 May 2010 at 1:17 PM

    What a great event! Partners for Parks is a ‘partner’ to the May 20th Society and is heavily involved in the Trail of History. Please help Partners for Parks make this project come together along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway! We will be celebrating the greenway at the Partners for Parks Annual Fundraiser — more information at