On April 14, 1865, the Arkansas General Assembly approved the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, bringing the nation one step closer to abolishing slavery in the United States.
The 13th Amendment:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
On April 14, 2015, the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is asking churches, public buildings, educational institutions, and individuals around the state to ring bells 13 times at 1300 hours (1 p.m.) to celebrate this historic anniversary. The Commission will hold a bell-ringing event at that time on the steps of the State Capitol in Little Rock.
If YOU or your organization are planning to participate in Let Freedom Ring, send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can add you to our website list of participants!
We look forward to hearing the bells of freedom toll across Arkansas on April 14! Let Freedom Ring!
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