- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) - Tryon Palace in New Bern will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution with a free ceremony.

After the commemoration Friday outside the Craven County Courthouse, the ceremony will move to the North Carolina History Center for a reception.

The event will feature a dramatic reading of the 13th amendment, which banned slavery.

The keynote speaker will be Florida State Supreme Court Justice James Perry, a New Bern native. Other speakers include historian David Cecelski and Catherine Bishir, author of “Crafting Lives” a comprehensive study of New Bern’s early African-American history.

The 13th amendment became law on Dec. 6, 1865, when Georgia approved the measure. That vote meant that three-fourths of the states had approved it.

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