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Franklin to celebrate Constitution Week


In 1955, the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17 through 23 as Constitution week to observe the United State’s oldest living document.

County, city and school officials have all given proclamations to observe Constitution Week in the city.

The Old Glory Chapter DAR in Franklin, which has been around since 1897, has made an effort to promote the week in the area.

“Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American,” said Ginger Hoogester, regent of the Old Glory Chapter, DAR.

On Sunday, Sept. 22 the Old Glory Chapter will hold a commemoration of the signing of the Constitution 226 years ago at the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church beginning at 3 p.m.

“The ceremony will last about 45 minutes and the Children of the American Revolution, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Preemptors with the fife and drum, and Mayors [Rogers] Anderson and [Ken] Moore will be there, as well,” Hoogester said.

During the week, Old Glory Chapter member Florence Pitts will visit various Franklin Special School District schools to talk about the importance of the Constitution and provide some fun facts many may not know about the day the document was signed.

“For example,” she said. “Benjamin Franklin cried when he was signing the Constitution because he was so proud of what the country had accomplished.”

Social Studies teachers throughout Williamson County Schools will be able to incorporate Constitution Week in various ways in their classrooms, according to Carol Birdsong, WCS communications director.

Williamson College is hosting a Constitution Day Lunch Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., which will feature guest speaker Hewitt Sawyers of West Harpeth Primitive Baptist Church. The discussion will focus on the 14th Amendment and the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. 

The school is located at 274 Mallory Station Rd., Franklin, TN 37067 or for more information contact Susan Mays at susan@williamsoncc.edu.

Banners will hang throughout the City of Franklin that has the preamble to the Constitution written on them, which is only the second year the city has hung the banners in honor of Constitution Week.  

For more information on Constitution Week and the Old Glory Chapter DAR, click here.

Richel Albright is a reporter with Franklin Home Page. She can be contacted at richel@franklinhomepage.com or you can follow her on Twitter @rwalbright. 

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