North Carolina’s Copy of 13th Amendment will Visit Tryon Palace

‘Juneteenth Tour’ Concludes at North Carolina History Center, June 28 

NEW BERN, NC – June 28, 2014

A handful of documents changed the character of the United States, and the 13th Amendment, which formally ended legal slavery in this country, is one of them. North Carolina’s copy of the 13th Amendment will be on display Saturday, June 28, at Tryon Palace’s North Carolina History Center. This exhibition is free to the public and lasts from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and in recognition of Juneteenth— June 19, the date many African Americans observe as when the last of the enslaved in 1865 learned they were free—North Carolina’s copy of the 13th Amendment is touring around the state in June. There are seven planned stops on the tour, all at state historical sites. This tour will be the first time that the document has traveled outside of Raleigh. 

“The 13th Amendment wasn’t just a symbol of freedom; it was indissoluble proof that equality means nothing if it is not meant for all,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this rare exhibition to view one of the most important documents in our history.”

Tryon Palace will be host to the 13th Amendment as it makes its seventh, and final, stop on the state tour. Normally stored in a climate-controlled vault of the State Archives of North Carolina, the document will be on display in the North Carolina History Center for one day only. 

Two artifacts related to enslaved North Carolinians will accompany the document during its time at the North Carolina History Center. On loan from the N.C. Museum of History’s collection, the two items include a shoe that was made during the Civil War for an unidentified enslaved person in Johnston County, and a shackle that physically embodies the chained relocation of Africans to the Americas. Restraints—like the shackle that will be on display— bound enslaved African Americans for transportation, sale or purchase, as well as for punishment.  

The traveling exhibit is a collaboration among the State Archives, Division of State Historic Sites, Museum of History, and the N.C. African American Heritage Commission.

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About Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit