David M. Rubenstein Gallery
Records of Rights: a permanent exhibition in the new David M. Rubenstein Gallery, National Archives, Washington, DC
America’s founding documents—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—are icons of human liberty. But the ideals enshrined in those documents did not initially apply to all Americans. They were, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” “Records of Rights” allows visitors to explore how generations of Americans sought to fulfill this promise. The exhibition showcases original and facsimile National Archives documents and uses an innovative 17-foot touch screen interactive table to illustrate how Americans throughout our history have debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity.
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14th Amendment, on display in our new David M. Rubenstein Gallery until mid-February.The winning document has been revealed! Come see the
1297 Magna Carta, on display courtesy of David M. Rubenstein.Begin your exploration of "Records of Rights" by viewing the original
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The "Records of Rights" exhibition and the David M. Rubenstein Gallery are made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives, through the support of David M. Rubenstein.