See original copies of the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence

Start your Fourth of July celebration early with the NYPL's new exhibit, beginning today at noon.

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  • Photograph: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

    "Foundations of Freedom" at the New York Public Library

  • Photograph: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

    "Foundations of Freedom" at the New York Public Library

  • Photograph: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

    "Foundations of Freedom" at the New York Public Library

  • Photograph: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

    "Foundations of Freedom" at the New York Public Library

  • Photograph: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

    "Foundations of Freedom" at the New York Public Library

Photograph: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

"Foundations of Freedom" at the New York Public Library

Between all the requisite July 4th prep work—stocking up on BBQ essentials, picking up cold beer and finding a good spot to watch the fireworks—it's easy to forget the holiday has a historical component, too! Remember why you've got the day off, and stop by the New York Public Library to see copies of the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, quill-written in Thomas Jefferson's hand. The latter treasure includes the founding father's edits and notes, plus underlined portions omitted from the final draft, most notably his sound condemnation of slavery. It's the first time the documents have ever been displayed together; for preservation reasons, they're rarely shown at all.


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The historic papers will be shown on July 1, 2 and 3 as part of the NYPL's free "Foundations of Freedom" exhibition. It all begins today at noon—start lining up now!



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