Franklin State DAR to host Bell Ringing as part of Constitution Week

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Contributory Photo • A scene from last year’s bell ringing ceremony.

From staff reports

The Franklin State Chapter of the National Society of the Girls of the American Revolution will host the eighth annual Constitution Week bell on Sunday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Historic School of ‘Oak Hill, located at 214. East Sabin Drive in Jonesborough across from the Jonesborough Public Library. This event is free for the public.

The program will focus on the story of the First Amendment to the Constitution which reads: “Congress shall not make any law respecting the establishment of a religion or prohibiting the free exercise of it; or restrict freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to assemble peacefully and ask the government to redress their grievances. The program will honor freedom of religion with Reverend Samuel Doak’s speech at the Battle of Kings Mountain, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly.

Several heritage groups will participate, including the Kings Mountain NSSAR, the Overmountain Victory Trail Association and other NSDAR locals.

The event will follow CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be observed on the school lawn as there is space for guests to spread out.

Bring your own chair and a bell to ring. No seat will be provided on site.

The Daughters of the American Revolution began the tradition of celebrating the Constitution. In 1955, the DAR asked Congress to set aside September 17-23 each year to be devoted to observing Constitution Week. The resolution was passed by Congress and proclaimed August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Franklin State Chapter of the NSDAR has been based in Jonesborough since 1929.

The Heritage Alliance is dedicated to preserving the architectural, historical and cultural heritage of this region and providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences. For more information, visit heritageall.org or call (423) 753-9580.


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