History Happens Here - The Ordinance of Secession Returns to the Capitol
Many North Carolinians supported the Union as late as 1860, but the firing on Fort Sumter and other events that occurred in April of 1861 created strong feelings of allegiance to the Southern cause. A special legislative session convened on May 1st and called for the election of delegates to a convention. The convention met at the Capitol on May 20, 1861, and voted to adopt an ordinance of secession, launching North Carolina into the Civil War. The original North Carolina Ordinance of Secession, on loan from the State Archives, will be on display for three days only in the House Chamber where the document was signed into law 146 years ago.
This program is part of "History Happens Here," a yearlong celebration of history in our state. For more about the history, arts and culture of North Carolina, please visit www.ncculture.com
I think I'll be able to make it out to Raleigh after church on Sunday to check it out. I wonder where they keep it when it's not on display. The press release says that it's on loan from the State Archives. I wonder how they store it.