The Charters of Freedom Monument (Asheville, NC)
Dedicated in May 2015, the Charters of Freedom monument is a replica of the displays at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The Charters of Freedom are founding documents of the United States and include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. This monument allows visitors to see what the original documents look like and additional plaques provide more information about each document. A time capsule was buried at this site and will be recovered on September 17, 2087 in honor of the 300th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.
Backstory and Context
The monument which stands in Pack Square Park in Asheville, NC replicates the National Archives display in Washington, D.C. There are three displays constructed of concrete, granite, and bronze. On the far left is the Declaration of Independence. Four pages of the Constitution are in the center and the Bill of Rights is on the right. The monument also features an informational plaque and dedication plaques. The monument cost a total of almost $78,000 and was dedicated in May 2015. A time capsule was buried at this location and will be opened on September 17, 2087 for the 300th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. There are several other time capsules buried at different locations across the state.
Pack Square Park is next to the Buncombe County Courthouse and hosts a variety of plaques and monuments. The Western North Carolina Veterans Memorial stands next to the Charters of Freedom Monument. Other historical items of interest in the park include markers for the Revolutionary War, Lt. Colonel Robert Morgan, former North Carolina Governor Samuel Ashe, and the 60th North Carolina Regiment. Additionally, there are other Charters of Freedom monuments located in Burke and Cherokee counties in the state along with many others outside of North Carolina.
Buncombe County Charters of Freedom, Asheville. Commemorative Landscapes. Accessed March 18, 2019. https://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/monument/785/.