Good news, constitution lovers! The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is set to open a new 3,000 square foot permanent exhibit titled "Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality".
According to the press release, the exhibit is "the first in America devoted to exploring how constitutional clashes over slavery set the stage for the Civil War, and how the nation transformed the Constitution after the war to more fully embrace the Declaration of Independence’s promise of liberty and equality."
Assisting in the development of this powerful exhibit was a bipartisian advisory board of over 13 leading American scholars.
Artifacts in the exhibit include:
- Original copies of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments (Private collector courtesy of Seth Kaller, Inc.)
- Dred Scott’s signed petition for freedom, 1846 (St. Louis Circuit Court, Missouri State Archives–St. Louis)
- Pike purchased by John Brown for his planned Harpers Ferry Raid, an armed raid to free enslaved people, 1857 (From the Collection of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia on loan from Gettysburg Foundation)
- Fragment of the flag that Abraham Lincoln raised at Independence Hall, 1861 (From the Collection of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia on loan from Gettysburg Foundation)
- Portrait of Abraham Lincoln by David Bustill Bowser, an African-American artist, ca. 1864-1868 (From the Collection of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia on loan from Gettysburg Foundation)
- Commemorative copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Lincoln, 1864 (On loan from The Galbraith Family 2012 Trust)
The exhibit opens to the public May 9th, 2019 and is included in the price of general admission.