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Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence on display at NYPL

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For the first time, the New York Public Library is display its rare original copies of two founding documents side by side. The Foundations of Freedom exhibit features an original copy of the Bill of Rights and a draft of the Declaration of Independence, handwritten by Thomas Jefferson.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about how democracy works," said Ann Thornton, head of the research libraries. "Both documents are not in their final form. In other words the Thomas Jefferson copy of Declaration includes passages that weren't included in final version."

The Foundations of Freedom exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

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