Siege day 47

From the Constitution of 1868, drafted by a biracial convention:

To the end that justice be established, public order maintained, and liberty perpetuated, we, the people of the State of Mississippi, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution . . .

ARTICLE VIII – School Fund, Education and Science

Section 1. As the stability of a republican form of government depends mainly upon the intelligence and virtue of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature to encourage, by all suitable means, the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral, and agricultural improvement, by establishing a uniform system of free public schools, by taxation or otherwise, for all children between the ages of five and twenty-one years, and shall, as soon as practicable, establish schools of higher grade.

To the end that justice be established, public order maintained, and liberty perpetuated, we, the people of the State of Mississippi, remain grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government. We stand in agreement with our forefathers that the stability of a republican form of government depends mainly upon the intelligence and virtue of the people. We remain grateful for a uniform system of free public schools in our state to promote the intellectual, scientific, moral and agricultural improvement, and we bless the schools. Amen.

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