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.
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