- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s copy of the 13th amendment will make a rare public appearance as the state marks the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in the U.S.

The State Capitol will host a public program commemorating ratification Friday in the House chamber. North Carolina ratified the amendment on Dec. 4, 1865, and it became law when Georgia ratified the amendment two days later.

North Carolina’s copy is hardly ever shown to the public to protect the document from the light.

The program will open with the presentation of colors by the U.S. Colored Troops Guard.

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