|NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1190
A JOINT RESOLUTION INVITING THE HONORABLE JOHN F. KENNEDY, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEDICATORY EXERCISES OF THE RESTORED BENNETT HOUSE NEAR DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA, ON OCTOBER 12, 1961, WHILE VISITING THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL; AND APPOINTING AN HONORARY COMMITTEE TO EXTEND THE INVITATION.
WHEREAS, the Honorable John F. Kennedy, President of the United States, has accepted the invitation to visit the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on October 12, 1961, and in so doing will pass near Durham and within a few miles of the Bennett Place where the final scenes of the Civil War were enacted; and
WHEREAS, during the current year of 1961 the Bennett Place Memorial Commission has, from private donations, had the Bennett House restored and a replica of the kitchen built, and the dedicatory exercises therefor, now being planned for the early fall, could fittingly be arranged to coincide with the date of the President's visit on October 12, 1961, to Chapel Hill; and
WHEREAS, such dedicatory exercises at the Bennett Place, on the eve of celebrating a century of peace between the North and the South, should have national significance as the place where the negotiations for peace, inaugurated by the Confederate Government at Greensboro, were conducted from April 17 to April 26, 1865, as a final act of the Civil War; and
WHEREAS, the friendship between General Joseph E. Johnston and General William T. Sherman, engendered through their personal negotiations for peace at the Bennett Place, had such a marked effect toward the relationship between the North and the South, that the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1923, authorized the acceptance of a monument to be erected there, dedicated to the spirit of national unity — the first monument of its kind in the Nation which undertook to appraise the result of the War from a national, and not a sectional, point of view; and
WHEREAS, the presence and participation by the President of the United States at the dedicatory exercises at the Bennett Place, which place witnesseth the closing scenes of the Civil War, will have a profound effect in contributing to the growing spirit of national unity, so essential at this time when a hostile world ideology threatens, not only our freedom but our national existence:
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
Section 1. That the Honorable John F. Kennedy, President of the United States, be invited to visit the Bennett Place and participate in the dedication of the Bennett House on October 12, 1961.
Sec. 2. That the following persons be appointed as an honorary committee to extend the invitation to the President, on behalf of the State of North Carolina, to wit: His Excellency, Honorable Terry Sanford, Governor of North Carolina; the Honorable Sam J. Ervin and the Honorable B. Everett Jordan, United States Senators from North Carolina; the Honorable Horace B. Kornegay, Representative of the Sixth Congressional District of North Carolina; the Honorable Hugh B. Dortch, Chairman of the Confederate Centennial Commission of North Carolina; the Honorable Emanuel J. Evans, Mayor of the City of Durham, North Carolina; Mrs. Ernest L. Ives, former Chairman of the Society for the Preservation of Antiquities; the Honorable Claude Currie, State Senator from the Fourteenth District of North Carolina; Honorable Nick Galifianakis and Honorable Eugene Brooks, III, Representatives from Durham County in the General Assembly of North Carolina; and Messrs. R.O. Everett, John Sprunt Hill, and Samuel T. Morgan, surviving members of the Bennett Place Memorial Commission.
Sec. 3. This Resolution shall be in full force and effect from and after its adoption.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified, this the 14th day of June, 1961.