Summary on Mecklenburg and Halifax Resolves

North Carolina has been trying to get free from the control of the British long before the battles of Lexington and Concord. Harvey was five times elected the speaker of the Assembly.In 1774 Governor Martin refused to call the Assembly together to elect representatives to go to a Continental Congress. Harvey set a new body, called a Provincial Congress, up. When news of the vattles at Lexington and Concord arrived in North Carolina, Governor Martin fled. Harvey ordered Committees of Safety to be set up in each county to keep order and provide government. Committees soon demanded that men suspected of siding with the British had to sign a loyalty oath, those men were called Tories. The men called Whigs were the men that were members of the Committees.

The British attempt to invade the province convinced many North Carolinians that their conflict couldn't be settled peacefully. In April 1776 the Provincial Congress decided that the whole province should follow the example of Mecklenburg County. On April 12,1776 the Provincial Congress passed the Halifax Resolves which put together all the feelings about liberty and freedom that North Carolinians had been discussing for years. This is the second date on the flag. In July 1776, Willian Hooper, Joseph Hewes, and John Penn were the North Carolinians who signed the Declaration of Independence.