Juneteenth Tour

A handful of documents changed the character of the United States. The 13th Amendment, formally ending legal slavery in this country, is one of them. 

As part of the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and in recognition of Juneteenth, June 19, the date many African Americans observe as when the last of the enslaved in 1865 learned they were free, we're organizing a tour of North Carolina’s copy of the 13th Amendment for limited engagements in June.

The document is generally stored in a climate-controlled vault at the State Archives because it's so fragile, but this June it will travel to six state historic sites, stopping at each for one day only. This will be the first time the document has traveled outside of Raleigh.

While at Historic Stagville in Durham and Vance Birthplace in Weaverville the document will be displayed at original slave cabins. 

Check out the "Quick Links" to the right for more resources related to the 13th Amendment and North Carolina in the Civil War. A complete schedule appears below.

Accompanying Artifacts

Two artifacts from the N.C. Museum of History's collection will accompany the document as it travels the state.

The first, a shoe, reflects a customary practice of enslaved hirelings being furnished with a suit of clothes and or shoes. The one that will accompany the document, shown right, was made during the Civil War for an unidentified enslaved person in Johnston County.

The second a shackle, physically embodies the chained submission and relocation of Africans to the Americas. Restraints like the shackles to be displayed bound enslaved African Americans for transportation, sale or purchase, as well as for punishment.  

Tour Schedule

Here's a complete schedule of the tour:

Date  Time  Venue
June 5        
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   Historic Edenton, Edenton

June 6     
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.            Somerset Place, Creswell

June 12     
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
Vance Birthplace, Weaverville

June 13 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, Sedalia

June 14  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Historic Stagville, Durham 

June 21 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  CSS Neuse Interpretive Center, Kinston
June 28  11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tryon Palace, New Bern

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