(a)  The title or heading of the highway historical marker shall consist of one or two lines with approximately 16 letters and spaces per line.  The text will consist of not more than five lines, each line to be approximately 23 letters and spaces.

(b)  The inscription for the marker will be selected by the committee and consist of only undisputed historical facts set forth in concise statements.  The words "great," "outstanding," or "important" will not be used.

(c)  Upon approval by the committee and the Secretary of Cultural Resources, local governments will be notified of the inscription and site selection, and given an opportunity for a hearing.  If a local government objects to the erection and placement of a marker, the North Carolina Historical Commission shall hold a hearing at a regular meeting to make a final determination; the inscription will not be changed without the concurrence of the committee.  If no objection is made within 30 days, or if the Historical Commission approves the marker, it will be ordered.

(d)  Once cast, the marker will be sent to the Department of Transportation.

(e)  Unless otherwise specified by the committee, plans for the unveiling or dedication shall be made by the person or group requesting the marker.  Local officials should be informed of the ceremony.  The Division of Archives and History may assist, upon request, by sending a representative, helping plan the program, or furnishing a special cloth for the unveiling.

(f)  Only markers authorized by the committee may display the Great Seal of North Carolina.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 121‑4(7); 136‑42.2,.3;

Eff. June 1, 1989;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. July 26, 2015.