Celebrate Constitution Day with the Arkansas History Commission at the Justice Building on the State Capitol Grounds, October 27, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. “We the People: The Constitutional Heritage of Arkansas,” an exhibit by the Arkansas History Commission currently on display at the Justice Building, features the constitutions that have governed our state. Each of these constitutions symbolize a change in the state’s political status: statehood in 1836, joining the Confederate States of America during the Civil War in 1861, military occupation near the end of the Civil War in 1864, Reconstruction in 1868 and reaction to Reconstruction in 1874. Although several attempts have been made to draft a new constitution, the 1874 document currently remains the basis for state laws in Arkansas. Among the presenters will be Supreme Court Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber.
In conjunction with this celebration, the History Commission will present a special showing of four of the original state constitutions, 1836, 1861, 1864, and 1874, on October 27. Established in 1905, the Arkansas History Commission serves as the official state archives and cares for many original state documents, such as the constitutions.
The exhibit, featuring reproductions of the constitutions, will remain on display Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until September 2007.