In 1955, the President General of the Daughters of the American Revolution, New Bern’s very own Gertrude S. Carraway, proposed to
Congress an observance of the U.S. Constitution to remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation for its way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the U.S. Constitution. Richard Dobbs Spaight, New Bern native and eighth governor of North Carolina, had the honor of signing the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Join New Bern’s Richard Dobbs Spaight Chapter of the DAR in the Ringing of the Bells on September 17th to celebrate the signing of the Constitution. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we will be ringing virtual bells via a video posted on YouTube. Click here to ring the bell at 4
pm on September 17th.
IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO RING IN VIRTUALLY, we encourage you to ring a traditional bell to celebrate the signing of the Constitution. LISTEN UP, Christ Church and other New Bern churches will be ringing OUR bells at 4:00 on Thursday 17th!
As an additional activity, the DAR is sponsoring a Constitution Week Bear Hunt in New Bern. A fun
activity for children of all ages, participants should ring a bell for every bear they find around town. For more information on the Bear Hunt, click here.