Ordinance of Secession on display in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's Ordinance of Secession by which the state left the Union almost 150 years ago is being displayed back in the city where it was signed.

State Department of Archives and History director Eric Emerson shows the historic document Tuesday during a meeting of the Rotary Club of Charleston. The ordinance is kept in Columbia.

Emerson is also speaking on secession to the group.

Delegates at a convention in Columbia agreed to secede from the Union on Dec. 17, 1860. They then moved the convention to Charleston - a hotbed of secession feeling - where the ordinance was signed and published three days later.

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