Copy of Confederate Constitution to be on display for 1 day

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Posted: Mar 09, 2017 1:13 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia is offering a once-a-year opportunity to see a copy of the Constitution of the Confederate States of America.

The Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/2mL0HR2 ) reports the document, which is more than 150 years old, will be on display at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library on Friday.

Made up of five connected pieces of vellum, the manuscript is so fragile that it's only displayed once a year. When fully unfurled, the scroll is more than 12 feet long.

The library says a journalist found the document in 1865 inside a box that had been abandoned by fleeing Confederate troops.

The Confederate Constitution was adopted on March 11, 1861. A provisional copy is in the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com