PHILADELPHIA (AP/WJZ) — A four-story, 50-ton marble tablet engraved with the text of the First Amendment, previously displayed on the facade of the now-shuttered Newseum in Washington, will find a new home in Philadelphia across from Independence Hall.
The National Constitution Center, which sits in an area of the city billed as America’s most historic square mile, will erect the tablet in an atrium overlooking Independence Hall, the UNESCO World Heritage Site where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were adopted.READ MORE: Martinez Comes Off COVID List, Hits 3 HRs As Red Sox Top O's
The district is also home to the Liberty Bell and the First Bank of the United States.
The tablet is engraved with the First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and the right to petition the government. It’s a gift from the Freedom Forum, the creator of the Newseum, a museum dedicated to the First Amendment that closed in 2019.
“It’s so meaningful to bring the text of the First Amendment to Philadelphia,” National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement. He said it would “inspire visitors for generations to come.”
“It’s so meaningful to bring the text of the #FirstAmendment to Philadelphia, … where the original Constitution was drafted.”@RosenJeffrey on @ConstitutionCtr as the new home for the 50-ton marble tablet from @1stForAll's Newseum: https://t.co/8W44NuBrGt #NCCed #civics pic.twitter.com/EZtHK6eHFDREAD MORE: 22-Year-Old Man Dies After Being Shot In Head, Chest In NE Baltimore
— National Constitution Center (@ConstitutionCtr) March 18, 2021
A dedication ceremony is planned for later this year.
The building housing the museum was sold to Johns Hopkins University. At the time, the university said the property along Pennsylvania Avenue near the U.S. Capitol would allow it to move all of its D.C. facilities under one roof.MORE NEWS: Maryland Weather: Most Of The Region Could See Severe Storm Sunday Evening
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