Dedication Ceremony for Brunswick County Charters of Freedom scheduled for this Friday, April 16


Dedication Ceremony for Brunswick County Charters of Freedom scheduled for this Friday, April 16

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC – The Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and Bill of Rights are coming to Brunswick County thanks to the efforts of the Board of Commissioners, County Manager, and several contributing members of the community, working with Foundation Forward, Inc.  These founding documents, known as The Charters of Freedom, are being permanently installed in front of the Brunswick County Courthouse located at 310 Government Center Drive NE in Bolivia, NC.

The Charters of Freedom setting will be dedicated on Friday, April 16th at 11:00 AM.  The public is invited to attend this patriotic event.  Masks and social distancing are encouraged.

Brunswick County will be the 34th Charters of Freedom setting permanently placed in communities across the country by Foundation Forward, a 501(c)(3) educational foundation created by Vance and Mary Jo Patterson of Burke County, North Carolina.  The inspiration to set up Foundation Forward followed their first visit to the National Archives to see the founding documents.

Vance Patterson, Founder – “Seeing something our founding fathers had actually penned, and then seeing their signatures – Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Rutledge, Wilson and the others, I just got goosebumps.  And, then when we moved over and saw those first three words of The Constitution, We The People, I actually got a lump in my throat.”  “It was really an emotional experience,” Vance recalled.

The Pattersons now work to bring that emotional experience to communities across the country, having completed settings in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota, Virginia, and as far west as Carson City, Nevada.

Foundation Forward’s mission is to install Charters of Freedom settings in easily accessible locations so communities can view these founding documents in a proper setting without having to incur the cost of traveling to Washington, D.C.  These settings will provide a hands-on education in American History and Civics.  “Imagine if you will school teachers bringing their 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes to their Charters of Freedom for annual field trips to learn a little about our founding fathers, the history surrounding the beginning of our country, and how the government is meant to serve and protect We The People,” says Vance in his dedication speech.  This local access will also provide a place for citizens to gather, celebrate, honor and reflect.

Legacy Pavers and Donors Plaques will be installed as part of the Charters of Freedom setting for area residents to honor loved ones, active duty military or veterans, first responders, businesses, or organizations.  These can be purchased from Foundation Forward for a tax-deductible donation when you visit or call 828-522-1400.

About Foundation Forward, Inc.

Foundation Forward, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) North Carolina non-profit which receives no tax dollars or government funding.  For more information visit or call Mike Unruh, Director of Communications and Resources, at 910-508-3165.