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Georgia finds copy of Declaration of Independence

Georgia archivist Gregory Jarrell was scouring historical records on microfilm, as he routinely does for people who request information by phone or mail, when a date stopped him: March 2, 1777.

Jarrell ran to the vault and pulled out the bound volume containing the original document. He knew then that he had stumbled onto a state treasure.

Jarrell had discovered what archivists believe is the state’s oldest and only official recording of the Declaration of Independence.

State Archives Director David Carmicheal said the hand-written document Jarrell found on Wednesday was probably recorded by a scribe or clerk after Congress dispatched a copy of the original document from Philadelphia to the 13 original states.

Presumably, Carmicheal said, 12 other such documents might exist, but he has not had time to check yet with the other original states. It could be that the Georgia document is unique.

“This is our copy of the declaration,” Carmicheal said.


  1. Old School Politics says:

    This is an amazing find but it makes you wonder what else has slipped through the cracks like this. I think this is a good opportunity for Secretary of State Karen Handel to roll out a new initiative, “No document unturned,” Where they secure our historical documents so we dont just happen to slip up and find the oldest copy of the Declaration. Maybe I am off base but this is something that I think merits more attention than the focus we have been putting on Sunday Sales of alcohol.

  2. Bill Hagan says:

    I wonder if the ACLU will have a problem with displaying a document which states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” and “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

  3. Chris says:

    Given that the guy with the famous signature had a big punch bowl of rum by his bedside….

    …probably not.

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