So now that you’ve voted in the municipal elections, keep that democratic momentum moving by going to see the Bill of Rights at UNCA. North Carolina’s copy — one of 14 drafted in 1798 — will be on display at UNCA’s Ramsey Library Nov. 8 to 10.
As you may remember, this is the copy that was stolen by a Union soldier during the Civil War and later surfaced in Pennsylvania. Several drawn-out attempts to sell the document back to North Carolina failed, and the Bill of Rights was seized in a federal sting in 2003.
The public can view the document from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8; 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9; and 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.
To honor the occasion, UNCA will host a Liberty and Freedom Festival. The calendar for that event can be found here.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer