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  • Monument Name

    Signers of the Constitution Plaque, State Capitol, Raleigh

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

  • City

    Raleigh

  • County

    Wake

  • Description

    This commemorative plaque honors the three members of the North Carolina delegation to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 who were signers of United States Constitution. The plaque is bronze and rectangular, with a simple single scallop rising on the top edge. Above the inscription the plaque bears the insignia of the National Society Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, the plaque's sponsor.

  • Inscription

    In memory of / The three signers of the / Constitution / from North Carolina / William Blount / Richard Dobbs Spaight / Hugh Williamson / Erected by / The North Carolina Society / Colonial Dames of the XVII Century / March 4, 1979

  • Custodian

    North Carolina State Capitol

  • Dedication Date

    March 4, 1979

  • Decade

    1970s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.780700 , -78.639060 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Bishir, Catherine W. "State Capitol Memorials," Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina, (accessed May 16, 2012) Link

      Carlisle, Linda A. "North Carolina State Capitol Memorial Study Committee Report," North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, May 2010, (accessed January 31, 2011) Link

      Davis, B. J. "Representatives to the Constitutional Convention North Carolina's Founding Fathers: Part 2," NCPEDIA, reprinted from "Tar Heel Junior Historian (Fall 2008), (accessed June 18, 2013) Link

      National Park Service. "Hugh Williamson North Carolina," Biographical Sketches, Signers of the Constitution, (accessed June 18, 2013) Link

      National Park Service. "Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr. North Carolina," Biographical Sketches, Signers of the Constitution, (accessed June 18, 2013) Link

      National Park Service. "William Blount North Carolina," Biographical Sketches, Signers of the Constitution, (accessed June 18, 2013) Link

      North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "State Capitol," Tour of the Capitol, (accessed March 20, 2013) Link

      Powell, William S. "Constitution, U.S., North Carolina Signers of," NCPEDIA, (accessed June 18, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze

  • Sponsors

    North Carolina State Society of the National Society Colonial Dames of the XVII Century

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The plaque was dedicated on March 4, 1979.

  • Subject Notes

    Three North Carolinians signed the U.S. Constitution at the Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia: Hugh Williamson, originally from Pennsylvania; Richard Dobbs Spaight, originally from New Bern; and William Blount, of Bertie County. The North Carolina legislature had selected Governor Richard Caswell, William R. Davie, Willie Jones, Alexander Martin, and Spaight to attend the Constitutional Convention as delegates. However, Jones did not support the concept of the federal government, and Governor Caswell was ill at the time. Governor Caswell selected Blount and Williamson to attend in their place, and Davie and Martin vacated the convention prior to signing, leaving Blount, Williamson and Spaight as signatories.

  • Location

    The plaque is located in the rotunda of the North Carolina State Capitol building on West Morgan Street.

  • Landscape

    The plaque is located on the wall in the interior of the rotunda of the North Carolina State Capitol. The interior of the rotunda houses other State Capitol memorials including statuary, paintings, and plaques commemorating significant events and individuals in North Carolina's history.

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