In the late winter of 1868, delegates from across South Carolina gathered in Charleston to frame a new, post-Civil War constitution for a state that was struggling to emerge from the long shadow of slavery. The document created by the black-majority convention was not perfect, but it was the most democratic and equitable of the seven constitutions in the history of this state. The men who labored for fifty-three days to frame that document were fueled by generations of prayers and fervent hopes for a society that respected the rights of all people. Although the Constitution of 1868 was cast aside by a later generation, we can honor their legacy by remembering their achievement.
To read more about the context of the historic Constitutional Convention of 1868, please follow this link to my blog’s new home: Charleston Time Machine at CCPL.org.