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On This Day In Local History - Cabarrus Black Boys Capture Governor's Wagon

May 20, 2016 04:51PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
A notable historic act that took place in the month of May was the capturing and detonation of royal Governor Tryon’s wagons of gun powder and supplies which were bound from Charleston to Alamance County to help squelch an outbreak of liberty. 

The date that the nine patriots blew up the three wagons was May 2, 1771.   

This group of men had blackened their faces with soot as camouflage to protect their identity. 
So enraged was Governor Tryon that the men had to flee to Georgia to hide. They came to be called the "Cabarrus Black Boys" even though Cabarrus County was not broken away from Mecklenburg County until 1792. 

The men destroyed these wagons on the old Stage Coach Road close to current day Frye’s Roller Rink, not far from the intersection of Poplar Tent Road and Concord Parkway.  This deed helped grow the spirit of independence that produced the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775.

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is claimed by some to be the first declaration of independence made in the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution. 

Content courtesy of local historian Jim E. Ramseur.

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