Thomas Jefferson’s Copy of the Declaration of Independence Is Coming to the New York Public Library, National Treasure Re-enactors Rejoice

Thomas Jefferson’s Copy of the Declaration of Independence Is Coming to the New York Public Library, National Treasure Re-enactors Rejoice
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Friends, New Yorkers, Nicolas Cage acolytes, lend us your ears. The New York Public Library announced that they will display a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence from June 27 to July 3 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

What makes this copy so valuable, you ask? It’s handwritten by Thomas Jefferson, and it contains many of the passages excised before the document was ratified. One of those is Jefferson’s lengthy diatribe against the slave trade, a part that was cut out to appease delegates from Georgia and South Carolina.

As most elementary school students know and most grown-ups have forgotten, the Declaration was completed on July 1 and ratified on July 4. The library will display the copy for seven days, with super-extended evening hours until 10 pm on Wednesday, July 2.

That means that illuminati-obsessed treasure hunters will have a precious weeklong interval to scour the copy of the Declaration for clues. And library patrons will have National Treasure re-enactors to deal with alongside the usual Ghostbusters one. Below, the full viewing schedule for the highly patriotic document:

Friday, June 27: 10 am to 5:45 pm

Saturday, June 28: 10 am to 5:45 pm

Sunday, June 29: 1 pm to 4:45 pm

Monday, June 30: 10 am to 7:45 pm

Tuesday, July 1: 10 am to 7:45 pm

Wednesday, July 2: 2 pm to 10 pm

Thursday, July 3: 10 am to 5:45 pm

New York Public Library; 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, Manhattan