David M. Rubenstein Gallery

David M. Rubenstein Gallery / Records of Rights

Records of Rights: a permanent exhibition in the new David M. Rubenstein Gallery, National Archives, Washington, DC

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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.

Landmark Document Case

Civil Rights Act of 1964 , 07/02/1964 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, signed on July 2, 1964 by President Johnson. The most comprehensive civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination in public places, allowed the integration of public facilities and schools, and forbade discrimination in employment. Make sure to visit the Records of Rights exhibit in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery where it will be on display from June 19-September 17.

 


Magna Carta

photoBegin your exploration of "Records of Rights" by viewing the original 1297 Magna Carta, on display courtesy of David M. Rubenstein.

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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.

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