RALEIGH — Visitors to the State Capitol this February can view North Carolina’s copy of the 13th Amendment and meet some of the state’s first African American legislators.
Folks can step back in time Feb. 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., during “With All Our Rights,” as the Capitol hosts actors portraying members of North Carolina’s 1868 first black caucus.
In this living history program, visitors will encounter such notable figures as Abraham Galloway and James Henry Harris and hear about the lives and work of these pioneering legislators.
The state’s original copy of the 13th Amendment, passed by the U.S. Congress on Jan. 31, 1865, and by N.C. General Assembly at the Capitol in 1865, will be exhibited through Feb. 28.
On loan from State Archives and rarely on display, the 13th Amendment formally ended institutionalized slavery and marked the first step in the long road to granting African Americans full rights of citizenship.
Admission is free.