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Shout Freedom Collection, 1948

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-2021-046

Content Description

The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, photographs, sheet music, and other miscellaneous materials relating to Shout Freedom. Shout Freedom was a symphonic drama that celebrated the anniversary of the alleged signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Collection materials are dated 1948 and in good condition.


  • 1948

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from this collection must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Biographical / Historical

Shout Freedom!, a symphonic drama in two acts, was presented on the Southern States Fair Grounds, near Charlotte, by way of celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in 1948. This pageant was presented nightly May 20 through June 3, except Sunday, and attended by large audiences from the Carolinas. Sponsored by a group of patriotic citizens who formed a corporation entitled Mecklenburg Historical Society, Shout Freedom! was written by LeGette Blythe. The music was composed and directed by Lamar Stringfield; the stage settings were designed by Kenneth Whitsett; and the stage directing was done by Thomas B. Humble. The pageant commemorated, by dramatization, the stirring events comprising Charlotte history from 1768 until 1781. Mr. Norman Cordon acted as narrator and the cast comprised 210 men, women, and children, including a group of Native Americans from Pembroke State College and vicinity. Officers of the corporation were Joe L. Blythe, president; George M. Ivey, Sr., vice-president; R. E. Kerr, treasurer; Dr. J. S. Dorton, executive director, and Charles Dudley, secretary.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Shout Freedom Scrapbook was presented by Ms. Martha C. Apers on behalf of Thomas B. Humble (Director of the Little Theatre) on September 4, 1981. The Shout Freedom program was presented by Glenda Nobles on an unknown date. The other materials relating to Shout Freedom have an unknown presenter and date.

Related Materials

Draper Manuscript on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, 1876. Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Mayor Samuel Sylvanus McNinch, Mecklenburg Declaration Day Celebration Scrapbook, 1906. Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Collection, 1831-2015. Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.


Blythe, LeGette. "Hornets' Nest: The Story of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County." Charlotte, N.C.: Published for Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County by McNally, 1961., Charlotte, N.C. : Heritage Printers, Inc., 1961.

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll.

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Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA