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Freedom's Journey

August 14, 2002 to January 5, 2003

The journey along the precarious and winding path to the Declaration of Independence began with ideas expressed in spoken and written words, which left a paper trail we can follow today. Centuries later the powerful proclamations of the freedom-loving people now called the "founding fathers" still ring true. These original surviving documents of the eighteenth century are more than aging paper. They are direct links to a time when brave individuals risked everything for their belief in liberty.

Included in the exhibit's collection are: a 1749 entry from Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack, the last remaining original announcement of the Boston Tea Party, a 1776 edition of Thomas Paine's Common Sense, the sash worn by John Hancock in the Revolutionary War, and a broadside copy of the 1836 Republic of Texas Declaration of Independence.

Freedom's Journey will make its way to the George Bush Museum on August 14, 2002 and remain on display until January 5, 2003. Come and witness this incredible tribute to the revolutionary principles that helped to forge the America we know today.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091