Seventh Annual Naturalization Ceremony
Contact: Bill Martin, (834) 883-3123 x 41
On Friday, September 17 (Constitution Day) America's newest citizens were sworn at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Approximately 136 people took the Oath of Citizenship, administered by U.S. District Court Magistrate Joseph McCrorey. This was the seventh annual naturalization ceremony at the site, and the 217th birthday of the United States Constitution. Charles Pinckney was a principal framer and a signer of the Constitution. Among his contributions was the Pinckney Draught, the only complete framework of government that was written by a single man and presented at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The Pinckney Draught included a provision for the naturalization of citizens, among many other ideas that are in the U.S. Constitution today. The site preserves a remnant of his country estate and plantation, Snee Farm. Approximately 500 people attended the event. There were no incidents.
Did You Know?
President George Washington stopped for breakfast at Snee Farm on his 1791 Southern Tour. Legend has it that Washington ate under an oak. Afterwords he proceeded to Charleston where he was met by Governor Charles Pinckney and other dignitaries. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, SC