Date: 06/27/2014 - 07/03/2014

Time: All Day

Location: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (5th Ave. & 42nd St., Manhattan)

Price: Free in advance

he New York Public Library will display a rare historic copy of the Declaration of Independence -- written in Thomas Jefferson’s hand – from June 27 to July 3. The free public display to celebrate Independence Day will be held in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Hours for the display will be as follows: Friday, June 27: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 28: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sunday, June 29: 1 to 4:45 p.m. Monday, June 30: 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 1: 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 2: 2 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 3: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The Declaration of Independence was completed on July 1, but before it was ratified on July 4, several changes were made to the text, including the removal of Jefferson’s lengthy condemnation of the slave trade, an excision intended to appease delegates from Georgia and South Carolina. In the days after July 4, a distressed Jefferson wrote out several fair copies of his original text and sent them to five or six friends. The Library’s copy is one of the two copies that have survived intact.

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