Scenes from Charlotte City Walks 2017

Did you know:

♦ At one time, if you lived on the north side of 37th Street in the NoDa neighborhood you could keep hogs and sell fireworks, but if you lived across the street on the south side you could not. The city limits line ran down the middle of the street.

♦ A bronze tricorn hat sits on a rock beside the Little Sugar Creek Greenway near Seventh Street. It’s part of the Thomas Spratt-King Haigler statue nearby. Spratt was an early European settler in the Charlotte region, and his friend and ally, King Haigler, was considered the greatest of the chiefs of the Catawba Indians. During the Revolutionary War the Catawbas fought on the side of the Patriots.

♦ All 20 of the Wall Poems painted around Charlotte are from poets who lived in or were affiliated with North Carolina.

♦ The Mid-Century Modern-style home of civil rights leader Reginald Hawkins, in the 1950s neighborhood of McCrorey Heights near Johnson C. Smith University, was one of four civil rights’ leaders home firebombed in 1965. No one was ever arrested.

♦ Ishmael Titus was an enslaved man from Rowan County who fought in the Revolutionary War battles of Kings Mountain, Guilford Courthouse and Deep River. He was granted his freedom after the war and died at age 110 in Massachusetts. A memorial on South Tryon Street honors Titus and Dempsey Reed, a Mecklenburg County freedman who also fought in the Revolution and was wounded in battle.

Those are among the interesting stories told during the series of City Walks throughout May in Charlotte. City Walks are free, citizen-led walking tours of Charlotte neighborhoods, sponsored by, an online publication of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. The walks began May 1, with a Munching Tour in east Charlotte, led by Tom Hanchett, and will end May 31, with the Inside|Out Art walk along the Stewart Creek Greenway from Seversville through Wesley Heights and along the Frazier Park greenway. City Walks take place each May. Learn more and register for walks May 27 and May 31 at

This gallery of photos shows scenes from the walks. Find more photos on Instagram or Twitter with #citywalksclt.