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Rare draft of constitution on display in Savannah

September 18, 2018

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Historical Society in Savannah marked the anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution by displaying a draft copy.

Monday marked the 231st anniversary of the adoption. The historical society’s copy was that of Abraham Baldwin, a delegate from Georgia to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The Savannah Morning News reports that Baldwin’s draft is one of 13 surviving copies. It includes handwritten margin notes Baldwin made at the convention.

Typically, the document is kept under lock and key in the GHS Research Archive to protect against humidity.

The draft has been in the GHS collection since the 19th century. GHS Senior Historian Stan Deaton said nobody knows how it got there — adding that Baldwin had no connection to Savannah.

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Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com

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