In the summer of 1819, forty-four delegates met in Huntsville to draft Alabama’s first constitution, the defining document that provided the framework for the state’s government. Two-hundred years later, the Constitution of 1819 is returning to the city as part of a special exhibition curated by the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
For two centuries, Alabamians have been engaged in a civics conversation. Whose voice matters? What do we value? What is the role of state government? Who can vote? The people of Alabama have debated these issues through political conventions, referendums, and in the courts. And at crucial moments in history, these fundamental questions have been answered in the state’s principal governing documents: its constitutions. This exhibition will explore how these documents, some of the most important in state history, reflect their framers’ values, hopes, and fears.
The Huntsville Museum of Art is happy to allow the public to view these historic pieces for free on the opening day, June 30 from noon - 5 PM.
- June 30, 2019 - August 11, 2019
- Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
- Location: 300 Church Street, Huntsville, AL
- Time: Tue-Wed/Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Thu 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Sun noon - 5:00 PM
- Price: Admission charged