North Carolina Grand Opening Celebration
Monday, April 3, 2017 Is Your Day, North Carolina
A Patriotic Salute to North Carolina!
The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown commenced with 13 days of festivities on March 23-April 4, 2017, with a patriotic salute to each of America’s 13 original states, tours of expansive gallery exhibits, and military music and 18th-century interpretive experiences in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.
North Carolina was featured on April 3.
Welcoming Ceremony 11:00 a.m.
Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater
We honored the State of North Carolina and salute its brave men and women who fought for our independence. State officials and members of state heritage organizations and historical societies gathered at 11 a.m. in the museum lobby for a progressive ceremony through sections of permanent exhibition galleries and along the American Revolution Grand Corridor, where the state emblem was adjoined to a permanent exhibit honoring the first 13 states. The procession continued to the Artillery Amphitheater at 11:30 a.m., where the state flag was presented in a ceremonial display with welcoming remarks. A flag raising concluded with an artillery salute.
Afternoon activities—Education Center Classrooms
Classroom Program – 1:00 p.m.
Keith Hardison, Director, North Carolina Historic Sites
“North Carolina Preserves its Revolutionary History”
Jim McKee, Site Manager, Historic Brunswick Town
“North Carolina Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution”
Classroom Program – 2:00 p.m.
Matthew Woods & Jason Howell, Park Rangers
Moores Creek National Battlefield Park
“Loyalists v. Whigs: the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge”
Classroom Program – 3:00 p.m.
Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, Historian
“The Life and Times of William Richardson Davie”
Classroom Program – 4:00 p.m.
Steve Ricker & Richard Luce, Historians
Overmountain Victory Trail Association
“The Overmountain Men Who Turned the Tide in the South”
Evening Speaker – 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Babits, Historian and Author
“Long, Obstinate and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse”
North Carolina’s Revolutionary War Story
Europeans first settled North Carolina in the 1560s when the Spanish built forts along the coastal regions. Twenty years later, the first English colony was established on Roanoke Island, near the beaches now known as the Outer Banks. In the spring of 1776, opposition to British policies led to the colony’s Halifax Resolves, the first formal resolution to call for independence from the Crown. North Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence include Joseph Hewes, William Hooper and John Penn. Several significant battles of the Revolutionary war were fought in North Carolina, such as Moores Creek and Guilford Courthouse. North Carolina partisans, led by William Richardson Davie, harassed British outposts, garrisons and supply lines, which hastened the end of the war. November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
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