(Elizabeth City, NC) The 223rd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution will be commemorated Sunday, September 19, at 3:00 pm in the Gaither Auditorium of the Museum of the Albemarle. This event is part of “We the People” Constitution Week celebration sponsored by the Betsy Dowdy Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The day’s program includes an opening ceremony with the JROTC Color Guard unit from Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City, a welcome from Kathleen Ingram, Regent of Betsy Dowdy Chapter, DAR; singing of the National Anthem led by Nancy Ferebee; Constitution Day Committee chairwoman Mary Breheny; a presentation from speaker George Converse, USMC ret.; the ringing of 223 bells by Captain Bennett, USCG; boy scouts with colonial flags; and a history of Constitution Day and Preamble to the Constitution. Also part of the afternoon’s celebration will be the introduction by Shirley Spaeth and Ed Merrell of Kitty Griffin, author of The Ride, a recently released children's book of Betsy Dowdy's legendary ride on horse back from the Outer Banks to the camp of General Skinner to pass information that the British were coming. Afterwards, Kitty Griffin will read her book to the audience. Outside, the Episcopal Church will also ring its bell in honor of the U.S. Constitution's 223rd anniversary. This event is free and open to the public.
The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the NC. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com