On September 17, known as both Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site hosted a naturalization ceremony - the 11th such ceremony since the park was opened.
This year over 400 people witnessed 112 new citizens from 30 countries take the oath of allegiance. The Honorable Sol Blatt, Jr., Senior U.S. District Court Judge, administered the oath in a special outdoor ceremony that effectively turned the park into a temporary courtroom. Each participant received a copy of Director Bomar's brochure welcoming new citizens.
September 17 was the 221st anniversary of the day in 1787 when Charles Pinckney and 38 other delegates from the original 13 states signed the United States Constitution. Pinckney was one of the more outspoken delegates, addressing the convention over 100 times. He was also one of only three delegates who submitted a completed framework for government, and the only one that was written by a single man. The "Pinckney Draught" has been lost but many of the ideas included in his draft are in the Constution.
This year's program marked the beginning of a series of special events being held during Constitution Week from September 17-23, 2008.