Placed in a dark, dry, secure location most of the year, the Confederate Constitution is now on display at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The manuscript – which measures nearly 12 and a half feet long – is carefully unrolled and laid inside a plastic encasement for public viewing.
The Confederate Constitution, adopted in March of 1861, was first in Montgomery, Al. Later, it was taken to Richmond, Va., and stayed there for the duration of the war. According to Toby Graham, Director of the Hargrett library, the document was then unceremoniously dumped by a railway station in April of 1865, toward the end of the war.
“The Confederate government was fleeing to the Southern controlled territory of Alabama,” Graham said, “and stopped in Chester, South Carolina. They dumped a lot of the records they had