A South Carolina document that changed the state’s history is now on display in the city is was signed in. South Carolina’s Ordinance of Secession, signifying the state leaving the union nearly 150 years ago, is back in Charleston. The ordinance is being moved from Columbia. In 1860, South Carolina delegates originally met in Columbia, but moved to Charleston. That’s where the ordinance was signed and published three days later, on December 20.
State Department of Archives and History director Eric Emerson spoke at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Charleston this week to announce the move of the historical document that changed the state of South Carolina. South Carolina leaving the Union eventually would lead to the Civil War.