FMU to observe Constitution and Citizenship Day, Sept. 17
Exactly 226 years after the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Francis Marion University will observe Constitution and Citizenship Day, Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Sponsored by the FMU Department of Political Science and Geography and the McNair Center for Government and History, the observance will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the lawn of Founders Hall, near the fountain. This annual celebration is free and open to the public.
Students and faculty members housed under tents across the lawn will have several Constitution-related activities for attendees to enjoy – some to test their knowledge of the Constitution. Free mini-copies of the U.S. Constitution will also be distributed.
Representatives from all three branches of the federal government will be on hand to speak to attendees from 9 a.m. until noon. These include staff members for three members of the U.S. Congress who represent South Carolina, the U.S. Marshall for South Carolina, and a federal magistrate. For those who haven’t registered to vote, Florence County Election and Voter Registration Office staff will be registering voters and explaining South Carolina’s new voter photo identification law.
Constitution Day honors the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia inserted language into the 2005 federal spending bill that requires all educational institutions, including colleges and universities, which receive federal funds from any agency to have programming for Constitution.