The scene shown above represents an event in which Cornelius Harnett read the Declaration of Independence at Halifax, following its adoption by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. Cornelius Harnett was President of the Council of Safety at the time, the highest office established by the Provincial Congress. The enhanced version of the above drawing has been used to illustrate the article “Harnett: Leader for Independence” that appears under the menu item “Historically Important Events.”
The drawing above was copied from the original black and white illustration by Don J. Long.
Below is a photographed copy of the narrative that is placed below the enhanced version of the above illustration in the Cornelius Harnett Memorial Display.