The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedoms and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U. S. Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The Dr. Thomas Walker Daughters of the American Revolution looked on as Knox County Judge Executive J. M. Hall and Barbourville Mayor Darren West signed a Proclamation recognizing Constitution Week in Barbourville.
At the Proclamation signing were Jane Blair, Milton Dunaway, Mary Alice Lay, Barbara Black, Ivadean Gibson, Nancy Hampton, Bettie Hauser, and Claudia Greenwood.