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Celebrate Constitution Week at Charles Pinckney site

  • Thursday, September 5, 2013

In honor of Constitution Day/Citizenship Day, on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. the 16th annual naturalization ceremony will be held when up to 125 candidates will be sworn in as America’s newest citizens at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. PHOTO PROVIDED

Join Charles Pinckney National Historic Site in celebration of Constitution Week by attending one of the free special events scheduled Sept. 17-23 at 1254 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. The park preserves the last 28 acres of Snee Farm, a plantation that was once owned by Charles Pinckney, a principal framer and signer of the U.S. Constitution.

In honor of Constitution Day/Citizenship Day, on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. the 16th annual naturalization ceremony will be held when up to 125 candidates will be sworn in as America’s newest citizens.

The National Park Service and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have partnered to enhance citizenship ceremonies by holding them in national parks throughout the country. Since 1997 these ceremonies have been held annually on the grounds of historic Snee Farm. “This is a most appropriate site to welcome new citizens into this country and to reflect on the meaning and responsibilities of citizenship,” said Superintendent Tim Stone. “It is because of Charles Pinckney’s role in framing the U.S. Constitution and the initiative of local citizens that this treasured place is a part of the National Park Service.” The public and school groups are invited to the program, and are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets as seating will be limited.

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22 at 2 p.m. the public is invited to a screening of the 2010 documentary on Founding Father Charles Pinckney. Produced by SCETV, “Forgotten Founder: the Story of Charles Pinckney” uses original art work, period illustrations, historical documents, dramatic reenactments, and studio interviews to tell the story of a true public servant. The program was funded in part by the Friends of Historic Snee Farm and the Humanities Council of South Carolina.

Throughout the week visitors may take part in the “I Signed the Constitution” program, signing a scroll in remembrance of what occurred 226 years ago in Philadelphia when Charles Pinckney and 38 other delegates signed the world-changing document on Sept. 17, 1787.

All events are free. For more information or group reservations, please call the park at 843-881-5516.

Visit us online:

• Official Site: http://www.nps.gov/chpi/

• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PinckneyNPS

• Twitter: http://twitter.com/PinckneyNPS

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