Con­fed­er­ate con­sti­tu­tion

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS - — Erin Wil­liams

To com­mem­o­rate the 150th an­niver­sary of the Civil War, the Mu­seum of the Con­fed­er­acy in Rich­mond is putting on ex­hibit the rarely seen pro­vi­sional con­sti­tu­tion of the Con­fed­er­ate States of Amer­ica.

The con­sti­tu­tion was drafted Feb. 4, 1861, by South Carolina, Mis­sis­sippi, Florida, Alabama, Ge­or­gia and Louisiana, all of whom had se­ceded from the Union be­tween Dec. 20, 1860, and Jan. 26, 1861.

Del­e­gates from each state met in Mont­gomery, Ala., to com­pose the 10-foot-long doc­u­ment, set­ting the frame­work for the Con­fed­er­ate States, which lasted un­til the end of the Civil War in 1865.

The state of Texas was one of the orig­i­nal sign­ers on Feb. 4 but did not par­tic­i­pate in the draft­ing of the doc­u­ment due to its late se­ces­sion, on Feb. 1.

The doc­u­ment went on view Tues­day and will be dis­played through Feb. 18. The mu­seum is open Mon­days through Satur­days 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun­days noon to 5 p.m.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit

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