A previous posting announced the arrival of a new exhibit case in the Search Room of the State Archives of North Carolina and made a promise to let you know when an exhibit opened. A new exhibit has opened just in time for the July 4th holiday.
The theme of the exhibit is the Declaration of Independence and includes several documents. One group of documents highlights the signatures of the three North Carolina men who signed the Declaration of Independence. The Surry County Committee of Safety minutes where American Colonists claim all the rights of free men – including the right not to be taxed without having representation in the British government – is also part of the exhibit. The exhibit includes a promise of payment for the Newbern newspaper to include the text of the Declaration of Independence for seven days. The final document in the display is the Proceedings of the Provincial government from April 1776 that include the resolutions generally known as the “Halifax Resolves.”
The exhibit is open to the public when the State Archives of North Carolina is open to the public: Tuesday – Friday, 8AM – 5:30PM; Saturday 9AM-2PM. Please note that the State Archives of North Carolina is closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The exhibit will run through Saturday, July 14, 2012. You don’t have to give three “Huzzahs” to see the exhibit but you do need a valid picture ID to enter the building. Please plan to stop by in the next two weeks and view the exhibit.