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History comes to life with docents portraying famous Charlotteans
Voices From The Past program on April 6
 
Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019 12:57 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

MECKLENBURG HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION DOCENTS
Voices From the Past brings Charlotte history to life.

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Charlotte's history comes to life on April 6.


The third annual Voices From the Past returns at Settlers and Elmwood/Pinewood cemeteries in Center City with docents portraying dozens of Charlotte's most famous residents and characters. The program is presented by Mecklenburg Historical Association Docents.


More than 50 of Charlotte’s founding fathers, civic leaders and pioneers from all walks of life with be characterized at the cemeteries from 1-4 p.m. Settlers is located at 200 W. 5th St.; Elmwood/Pinewood at 700 W. 6th St.


The docents, decked out in period attire back to the 18th century, will tell stories of Charlotte’s past through the characters. The living history is family and pet friendly. Admission and parking are free.


Among the historic figures are:


• Fred Alexander, Charlotte's first black City Council representative and the driving force behind removal of the fence between once-segregated Elmwood and Pinewood cemeteries;


• H.L. McCrory, Johnson C. Smith University's longest-serving president;  


• Dr. John Taylor Williams, one of the first licensed black physicians in North Carolina and a successful entrepreneur. He and 14 other affluent African Americans started the Queen City Real Estate Agency.


• Thad Tate, who came to Charlotte as a barber and became a prominent business owner.

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