Marietta Chapter Celebrates Northwest Ordinance of 1787 – Marietta, OH
On July 13th, 2017, the Ohio Society SAR Marietta Chapter Registrar Jean Yost hosted the 230th Anniversary Celebration of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 that was held at the Start Westward Monument in Muskingum Park, Front Street, Marietta, OH. The program included:
- “Education in the Northwest Ordinance” by Marietta College President William Rudd
- “Legal Provisions of Ordinance” by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French
- Slavery Prohibited in Northwest Territory” by Denver Norman
The Northwest Ordinance of 1787, officially titled “An ordinance for the Government of the Territory of the United States Northwest of the River Ohio”, was adopted by the Confederation Congress on July 13, 1787. It established a government for the Northwest Territory, outlined the process for admitting new states to the Union, and guaranteed that newly created states would be equal to the original thirteen states. Considered one of the most important legislative acts of the Confederation Congress, the Northwest Ordinance created the building blocks and model of what became our United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. The document guaranteed protection of civil liberties, prohibited slavery, recognized religion and morality as necessary for good governance, and outlined that education should be forever encouraged in the new territories. The Northwest Territory included Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota.