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A statue at Independence Square in downtown Charlotte, N.C. Delegates in town for the Democratic National Convention, which begins Sept. 3, will find several places in and around Charlotte where they can soak up a little political history and culture. (Associated Press)

A statue at Independence Square in downtown Charlotte, N.C. Delegates in town for the Democratic National Convention, which begins Sept. 3, will find several places in and around Charlotte where they can soak up a little political history and culture. (Associated Press)

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