Five for Friday: Kings Mountain

1. The Battle. A decisive battle during the American Revolution, the Battle of Kings Mountain proved the Patriots (Led by Colonel James Johnston) were not going to back down against the Loyalists, commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson. After losing this surprising victory to the Patriots and Ferguson dead, Lord Cornwallis thought twice about his plan to invade North Carolina and instead retreated to South Carolina. This battle on October 7th, 1780, was also the first major victory for the Patriots after the British had invaded Charleston, SC.

2. Where’s the Mountain? The town is situated just across the border in North Carolina, while the actual mountain is in South Carolina. Originally a settlement called “White Plains”, the town of Kings Mountain wasn’t incorporated until 1874 and was decided to be called “Kings Mountain” due to it being geographically close to the historic battle in South Carolina.

3. Sandor Teszler. A Hungarian-American textile executive, holocaust survivor and philanthropist by the name of Sandor Teszler started a textile plant in Kings Mountain in the 1960s. Because of his own experience with discrimination Teszler intentionally integrated the plant against all odds and paved the way to help transform the southern states towards civil rights progression in the workforce.

4. Attention Sports Fans! A few notable sports people grew up in Kings Mountain. Kevin Mack (NFL running back), Jake Earley (major league baseball player), and Bryan Jones (all-american tennis player) all hail from the “The Historical City”.

5. A.B. Snow. An amazing artist. An amazing person. She was a founding member of the Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain and a most talented watercolorist with styles in both impressionism and abstract. My parents thankfully enrolled us kids in her after school art classes. Some of my earliest memories are attending her classes in her stone built studio filled with art downstairs and framing/matting in the loft. When I became a teen I remember going to her open critique get-togethers at her studio after school. She would always give the perfect critique with encouragement and advice without destroying your soul or your work. She opened her arms and supported anyone who showed interest in art and wanted to grow as an artist.

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