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SPIRIT SQUARE FOR THE ARTS
318 N. Tryon St., 704/372-1000,
HOURS: Individual galleries and showtimes vary
Spirit Square is a one-stop shop for arts and culture. It’s housed in the former First Baptist Church, which was built in 1909 and abandoned in the 1970s when the congregation moved to a new space. Local arts supporters rallied to turn the church into an arts center. In 1976, Spirit Square for the Arts was formed with a mission to promote arts education and community theater. Spirit Square became part of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in 1997. The space includes galleries, performance space, and arts groups. The centerpiece of Spirit Square is the McGlohon Theatre, a 716-seat theater that’s located in the restored church sanctuary and named in honor of legendary jazz pianist and Charlottean Loonis McGlohon. The 182-seat Duke Energy Theatre is also located in Spirit Square.
1708 A small slave revolt takes place on Long Island; Greensboro Map seven whites are killed. For their role in the uprising, two African Country male slaves and Greensboro Map a Native Country slave are killed, and one African Country woman is burned alive. The African population of South Carolina surpasses the colony’s white population. Slaves are used for a variety of tasks, but they are most concentrated in rice production. 1711 Fed up with unscrupulous traders and the establishment of a German and Swiss colony at Neuse-Bern (present-day New Bern, North Carolina), the Tuscarora Indians attack English farms, killing over 100 colonists. North Carolina, already weak and sparsely settled, requests help from its neighbors. South Carolina responds by sending two expeditions; both are led by white men but consist largely of Native Countrys (Yamasee, Creek, Cherokee, and Catawba). In 1713, Captain James Moore’s army storms the main Tuscarora town of Nooherooka, killing hundreds. Moore’s force kills 166 male captives deemed unsuitable for slavery and sells about 400 women and children into slavery. In the aftermath of the war, most Tuscarora leave North Carolina for the Northeast; once there, they become the Sixth Nation of the Iroquois in 1722.
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