Constitutional Convention of 1868

Constitutional Convention of 1868 (HM2685)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 46.53', W 79° 55.859'

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In January 1868 delegates met to rewrite the S.C. Constitution. They convened at the Charleston Club House, which once stood near here. Before the Civil War the Club House was reserved for Charleston's planter elite, but a majority of the delegates in 1868 were African American, some of them former slaves. The election of delegates to the convention was the first time that African American men voted in S.C.

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The 1868 Constitution was a remarkable document for its time. The Declaration of Rights made no distinctions based on race. It created the basis for the state's first public school system, as proposed by Robert Smalls, and guaranteed black male suffrage two years ahead of the 15th Amendment. In 1895, a new constitution would mandate segregated schools, outlaw interracial marriages, and disenfranchise black men.
HM NumberHM2685
Year Placed2018
Placed ByThe S.C. Civil War Sesquicentennial Advisory Board
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Date Added Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 7:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 600117 N 3626904
Decimal Degrees32.77550000, -79.93098333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.53', W 79° 55.859'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 31.8" N, 79° 55' 51.54" W
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Area Code(s)843
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 69 Meeting St, Charleston SC 29401, US
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