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.