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Article 1 of the Alabama Constitution of 1868

Also known as the "Radical" or "Reconstruction Constitution." The document was revised by the constitutional convention on November 5, 1867, and ratified in 1868. Article 1 lists the Declaration of Rights, including the notion that "all men are created equal." This is the first time this verbiage appears and would ever appear in an Alabama governing document. The last page is signed by Elijah Wolsey Peck, president of the convention, Robert Barber, secretary of the convention, and 65 of the convention delegates. The document is written on 21 sheets of parchment, each page glued to the one below it; it is approximately 33.5 feet long and 18 inches wide.

Creator: Alabama Legislature
Date: 1868
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Constitution

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