BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A set of founding documents, known as The Charters of Freedom, has been permanently installed in front of the Brunswick County Courthouse.
North Carolina’s lieutenant governor, legislators, judges and several important leaders flocked to Brunswick county Friday morning to celebrate its dedication at the justice center.
Patricia Sykes spearheaded the effort and was thrilled to see it come to fruition five years after kicking the project off.
Brunswick County is the 34th Charters of Freedom setting, showcasing the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
Foundation Forward is the educational foundation placing the installment. It was created by Vance and Mary Jo Patterson of Burke County, North Carolina that was established following a visit to the Washington DC by the Pattersons.
“Seeing something our founding fathers had actually penned, and then seeing their signatures — Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Rutledge, Wilson and the others, I just got goosebumps,” said Vance Patterson. “And, then when we moved over and saw those first three words of The Constitution, We The People, I actually got a lump in my throat. It was really an emotional experience.”
The original founding documents that have secured the rights of the American people for more than 200 years are located in the National Archives Museum’s Rotunda in Washington, DC.
The mission of Foundation Forward is to install Charters of Freedom in places that are more accessible to communities beyond DC.
Legacy Pavers and Donors Plaques will be installed as part of the Charters of Freedom setting for area residents to honor loved ones, active duty military, or veterans, first responders, businesses, or organizations. Click here for more information.
The setting is designed to last 300-500 years. It also features a vault in the back of the setting where a time capsule will be sealed soon and be reopened in 2087, on the 300th anniversary of the US Constitution.