[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]
North Carolina Ratified the Constitution 225 Years Ago
FAYETTEVILLE — The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex in Fayetteville will open a display on November 1 showcasing the signature page of North Carolina’s copy of the newly approved United States Constitution from 1789. This document established North Carolina as the 12th State to join the United States. The signature page will be accompanied by copies of the other pages from the document, as well as historical information on the ratification itself. The manuscript is on loan courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina and will be on display through December 14, 2014.
A ratification convention met in Hillsborough in 1788, but those delegates declined to ratify the Constitution, instead calling for a Bill of Rights and other amendments. After another version was received from Congress that included a Bill of Rights, North Carolina delegates ratified the federal Constitution on November 21, 1789 at a second ratification convention in Fayetteville.
The display at the Museum of the Cape Fear compliments an exhibit at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. From State House to Statehood highlights some of the locations in downtown Fayetteville that featured in the 1789 visit of delegates from all over the state and chronicles past Fayetteville’s commemorations of the event.
Both the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex and the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum will offer events to commemorate the ratification anniversary. The Museum of the Cape Fear will sponsor a mini-symposium on Saturday, November 22 in the Pate Room of the Cumberland County Headquarters Library in downtown Fayetteville. The Transportation and Local History Museum will offer a tour of sites and other special events.
Visit http://www.ncdcr.gov/ncmcf to learn more about the museum and other programs.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. Learn more at www.ncdcr.gov.