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.
Landmark Document Case
1963 Gideon v. Wainwright Petition
Clarence Earl Gideon’s handwritten petition from the Gideon v. Wainwright case is on display in the Landmark Document Case. This ruling established that criminal defendants charged with serious offenses must be provided with a lawyer at no cost if they cannot afford one.
On Exhibit through March 15, 2017
1297 Magna Carta, on display courtesy of David M. Rubenstein.Begin your exploration of "Records of Rights" by viewing an original
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The "Records of Rights" exhibition and the David M. Rubenstein Gallery are made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the support of David M. Rubenstein.