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State of Franklin DAR will host Bell Ringing as part of Constitution Week

Contributed Photo • A scene from last year’s Bell Ringing ceremony.

From Staff Reports

The State of Franklin Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host the eighth annual Bell Ringing in honor of Constitution Week on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 1:30 p.m. at the historic Oak Hill School, located at 214 East Sabin Drive in Jonesborough across from the Jonesborough Public Library. This event is free to the public.

 The program will focus on the history of the First Amendment to the Constitution that reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The program will honor the freedom of religion with Reverend Samuel Doak’s speech at the Battle of Kings Mountain, the freedom of the press and the freedom of assembly.

 Several heritage groups will be participating including the Kings Mountain NSSAR, the Overmountain Victory Trail Association and other local chapters of the NSDAR. 

 The event will follow CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be observed on the lawn of the schoolhouse as there is space for guests to spread out.

 Bring your own chair and a bell to ring. Seating will not be provided on site.

 The Daughters of the American Revolution began the tradition of celebrating the Constitution.  In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17 to Sept. 23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.  The resolution was adopted by Congress and signed into law on Aug. 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The State of Franklin Chapter of the NSDAR has been based in Jonesborough since 1929.

 The Heritage Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical and cultural heritage of this region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences. For more information, visit heritageall.org or call (423) 753-9580.