Statement by AG Cooper: North Carolina's stolen Bill of Rights comes home
Release date: 8/4/2005
Missing from the state since 1865, North Carolina’s copy of the U.S. Bill of Rights resurfaced in March of 2003 when state officials learned that a Connecticut antiques dealer was offering it for sale to the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania officials contacted the state about the document, which experts had determined to be North Carolina’s original copy. Cooper assembled a team of attorneys who have worked closely with Governor Mike Easley’s office and U.S. Attorneys in Raleigh and Philadelphia to recover the document and return it to the people of North Carolina.