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Original copy of Declaration of Independence to visit New Orleans

Loyola announcement - January 21, 2003

What: A rare, original copy of the Declaration of Independence, showcased as part of a multimedia exhibition, will be on display at The National D-Day Museum in New Orleans from January 25 to February 2, 2003. Producer Norman Lear acquired a Dunlap broadside of the Declaration in June 2000 with the goal of bringing the ôPeopleĺs Documentö directly to Americans -- especially young people ľ- to inspire them to participate in civic activism, to exercise their rights, and above all, to vote. This copy of the Declaration of Independence is one of only 25 surviving original copies, printed on the evening of July 4, 1776, now touring the nation. The DOI Road Trip is proudly sponsored by The Home Depot.

Exhibition Features:

  • One of only 25 remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence, printed on the evening of July 4, 1776, and the only one traveling the nation.
  • An entertaining and educational video that explains the history of the Declaration and its relevance to contemporary America, hosted by Reese Witherspoon, a descendant of one of the signers of the document.
  • An extraordinary 14-minute film, produced by Norman Lear and Rob Reiner that includes a powerful theatrical presentation of the Declaration of Independence by a distinguished group of actors, including Mel Gibson, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Spacey, Michael Douglas, and Renee Zellweger, among others.

Where: The National D-Day Museum

945 Magazine St.

New Orleans, LA, 70130

504-527-6012 or www.ddaymuseum.org

When: Jan. 25 - Feb. 2, 2003

Daily from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Additional Exhibition Features:

  • A collection of historical, current photographs and video of social and political movements in our nationĺs history.
  • A modern-day ôLiberty Pole,ö a central gathering place where opinion cards are placed to invite individual expressions on various topics, such as equality, freedom and happiness. (These cards double as post cards that will be sent to participants one year later to remind them of their pledge to civic involvement.)
  • On-site voter registration.

New Orleans Host Committee and Sponsors:

Civic, educational, business, cultural and preservation groups from across New Orleans have come together to form a host committee, which is planning numerous activities to celebrate the Declarationĺs visit to New Orleans. Mayor C. Ray Nagin is serving as the Host Committee Honorary Chairman. The committee is co-chaired by Ambassador Corinne (Lindy) Claiborne Boggs, Jimmie Phillips, and Patrick Taylor.

The United States Postal Service is the ôOfficial Carrierö of the DOI Road Trip. AXA Financial, Inc. has recently signed on as an additional sponsor of the DOI Road Trip. Local sponsor Entergy has cut the general admission price in half and has allowed 5,000 area school children to view the exhibit for free.

Admission: $5 for adults, free for children ages 10 and under

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