In just a few weeks we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Legislative Building on Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. The General Assembly moved into that building for the 1963 session after meeting in the State Capitol on Union Square since 1840.
In celebration of the anniversary, the N.C. Museum of History has designed an ornament of the building. Since 1983, the Museum of History has released a new ornament annually as part of a series. The series focuses on North Carolina state buildings, symbols and geographical locations. Past ornaments have depicted the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Wright Flyer, Elizabeth II and other state landmarks.
The Department of Cultural Resources has a number of other resources related to the history of the Legislative Building and the General Assembly more broadly, including:
- Images related to the Legislative Building and State Capitol from the State Archives
- Materials related to General Assembly in the digital collections of the State Archives and State Library
- North Carolina’s legislative branch on NCpedia
- Posts related to the General Assembly on our This Day in N.C. History blog
- Resources on North Carolina’s legislative history, specifically, and government history more broadly from the State Library
- Several items in the collection of the N.C. Museum of History–including the shovel used to break ground on the Legislative Building and plaques commemorating the building’s use
- The State Capitol Historic Site, where the legislature met from 1840 to 1963, and where the governor’s office is still housed today
For more information on the Legislative Building, visit the website of the General Assembly.