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On May 20, 1909, President William Howard Taft visited Charlotte by invitation in order to partake in the celebration of the alleged signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. It was a big day in the Queen City filled with parades and speeches. It was also a day that feautured unusual circumstances evidenced by a torrential rain that fell just as soon as the parade concluded. The President spoke twice on this day: once to a white crowd at the City Auditorium and again at the historically black Biddle University. His speeches, and the celebratory mood of the city, ensured this to be another memorable Meck Dec Day.