On Friday, November 1st, the Museum of Alabama at the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History (ADAH) held a special preview concerning their new exhibit, “We the People: Alabama's Defining Documents.” After spending several weeks away from the ADAH, “We the People” is now set to open to the public, November 3rd through December 31st, 2019. “We the People” consists of all six of Alabama's constitutions (1819, 1861, 1865, 1868, 1875, and 1901), plus the 1861 Ordinance of Secession, which declared Alabama's separation from the Union.
It seems fitting that these documents spent six weeks (June 30-August 11) this past summer in Huntsville at the Huntsville Museum of Art. In the summer of 1819, 44 delegates met in Huntsville to draft Alabama's first constitution. That Constitution of 1819 provided the framework for Alabama's government. “The exhibition is a historic milestone for our state, and we are honored to showcase these important documents at our museum in the city where it all began,” remarked Christopher Madkour, Executive Director, Huntsville Museum of Art.
A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the ADAH on Sunday the 3rd, which officially opened the exhibit to the public. Julian Butler, Chairman, Huntsville-Madison County Bicentennial Committee, spoke about the 1901 Alabama Constitution, followed by Kathryn Boodle, Associate Conservator, the Northeast Document Conservation Center (Boston), who discussed the painstaking process of conserving these documents which mean so much to Alabama.
During the exhibit, the Museum of Alabama will offer extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from November 5th through December 12th. The ADAH staff will offer gallery talks on these evenings at 6:00 PM. Please call 334 353-3312 for more information.