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At 10:30 A.M. the Senate and the House of Representatives appeared in the Hall of the Old Exchange Building, Charleston, S.C.
The President of the Senate called the Joint Assembly to order and announced that it had convened under the terms of a Concurrent Resolution adopted by both Houses.
The Reading Clerk of the Senate read the Resolution.
S. 1039 -- Senator Applegate: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO INVITE THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO HOLD A JOINT SESSION IN CHARLESTON ON MONDAY, MAY 23, 1988, TO CELEBRATE THE BICENTENNIAL OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND TO INVITE THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO VISIT IN CHARLESTON ON THE PRECEDING WEEKEND BEGINNING ON SATURDAY, MAY 21, 1988.
Whereas, in 1987, America celebrated the bicentennial of the Constitution of the United States, a document that a British prime minister, William Gladstone, once called "the greatest document every struck off by the hand and mind of man; and
Whereas, the Constitution was submitted by resolution of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. It became effective on March 4, 1789, the day fixed for commencement of the operations of the government, by virtue of its ratification by the conventions of eleven states; and
Whereas, celebrations during this two-year period throughout the United States will be held commemorating this significant occasion; and
Whereas, the Charleston County Legislative Delegation would like to invite the General Assembly to hold a joint session in Charleston to honor and celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution on Monday, May 23, 1988, at an appropriate location to be designated by the Charleston County Legislative Delegation and to visit in Charleston on the preceding weekend beginning on Saturday, May 21, 1988. Now therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the General Assembly designates Monday, May 23, 1988 as a statewide session day, with the General Assembly to meet in joint session to be held in Charleston, South Carolina for the purpose of celebrating the bicentennial of the Constitution of the United States.
Invocation The Honorable McKinley
The Star Emily Manhardt
Spangled Banner Mezzo Soprano
Lorene Forsyth, Pianist
Welcome The Honorable Joseph P. Riley,
Jr., Mayor of the City of
Remarks The Honorable Robert J.
Sheheen, Speaker of the House
Introduction The Honorable Nick A. Theodore
Address Dr. Christopher Collier,
Professor of American History
University of Connecticut,
State Historian, State of
Connecticut, Author of Decision
in Philadelphia, The
Constitutional Convention of
The Honorable Joseph P. Riley on behalf of the Southeastern Wildlife Association presented a painting, "The Patriot" to the General Assembly.
The following members were in attendance.
Alexander, T.C. Altman Arthur Aydlette Bailey, G. Bailey, K. Barfield Baxley Blackwell Blanding Bradley, J. Brown, G. Brown, H. Brown, J. Burch Burriss, J.H. Burriss, T.M. Cole Cooper Cork Dangerfield Davenport Day Derrick Elliott Faber Ferguson Foster Foxworth Gentry Gilbert Harris, P. Harvin Haskins Hodges Holt Humphries Johnson, J.W. Jones Keyserling Kirsh Kohn Koon Lanford Limehouse Mappus Martin, D. Martin, L. Mattos McBride McEachin McElveen McGinnis McKay McLeod, E.B. McTeer Neilson Nesbitt Nettles Pettigrew Petty Phillips, O. Rice Rogers, T. Rudnick Sharpe Sheheen Short Snow Sturkie Taylor Thrailkill Washington Whipper White Wilder Wilkins Williams Winstead
JOINT ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS
The purposes of the Joint Assembly having been accomplished, the PRESIDENT announced that under the terms of the Concurrent Resolution the Joint Assembly stood adjourned.
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