Read The Book, The Invisible Queen Charlotte, tells of her African ancestry & her legacy that ended the Slave Trade. #QueenCity #CharlotteNC
CHARLOTTE, N.C., is often called the Queen City. You’ll find references to Queen Charlotte all over town, from statues at the airport and in uptown to the name of landmarks like Queens Road. But as the city approaches its 250th birthday, what do we really know about our namesake monarch?
You can learn more at The Charlotte Museum of History, brings Dr. Stephanie E. Myers to town for a free lecture based on her 2017 book, Invisible Queen. It tells the surprising story of Queen Charlotte, including her African ancestry and her lasting legacy as a supporter of the Abolitionist movement that ended the Atlantic slave trade. “Most Charlotteans know that our city and county were named in honor Queen Charlotte, with Mecklenburg County being named after her home province in Germany,’” said Adria Focht, president & CEO of The Charlotte Museum of History. “Dr. Myers’ book unearths new information about our city’s favorite queen that might surprise people.” A rare highly-educated woman in the 1700s, Queen Charlotte was originally a German princess. She was recruited to marry Britain’s King George III in 1761, and she reigned as Queen of England and Ireland for 57 years. Charlotte spoke four languages, was an early patron of Mozart, and hosted world leaders. In addition to having 15 children of her own, the queen was a dedicated aide to orphaned girls. While many historical accounts referenced her style, grace and civic achievements, few mentioned her Moorish and African ancestry. "For over 200 years, much of the history of Queen Sophia Charlotte has been hidden in plain sight,” Dr. Myers said. “This occurred even though there are symbols of Queen Charlotte around the world and across America, including names of places like Charlotte; Charlottesville, Va. and Queens County in Nova Scotia, Canada. Queen Charlotte.
The Charlotte Museum of History engages a broad audience in the history of the Charlotte region through the stories of its people, places and events to promote dialogue and historical perspective.