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N.C.’s 1868 Constitution on Display for a Limited Time in Raleigh

1868 Constitution

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to view the historic North Carolina 1868 Constitution, now on display at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh through April 29.

The state’s 1868 Constitution brought about change in post-Civil War North Carolina, most notably granting rights and privileges to emancipated former slaves. It remained as law until the 1972 Constitution took its place.

The document is stored in the vault of the State Archives of North Carolina and is rarely on public view due to its fragile nature.

Learn more about the document in the State Archives’ Digital Collections or read about it on NCPedia.

The North Carolina Museum of History is located in downtown Raleigh, between the Capitol and the Legislative Building at 5 East Edenton Street. The main entrance faces Bicentennial Plaza and the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences. Museum offices may be reached by calling 919-807-7900.

About the State Archives of North Carolina
The State Archives of North Carolina collects, preserves, manages and provides access to information that protects citizen rights, documents North Carolina history and culture, promotes transparency, and encourages stewardship of government records. 

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