Declaration on display

Georgia’s copy of the Declaration of Independence is currently on display at the Georgia Archives:

Keith and Kathryn Munson, of Lake City, wanted to make sure they saw a copy of the Declaration of Independence while it was so close to home.

The Georgia Archives, at 5800 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow, opened a temporary exhibit Monday, featuring Georgia’s copy of the venerable document. Keith, 61, was expecting a small exhibit, with just Georgia’s copy of the United States’ founding document, but he was pleasantly surprised to find that many more important, historical documents are included in the exhibit.

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The exhibit is on display from 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday each week until May 18.

The Royal Charter, the Declaration of Independence and a historical log book trace the state’s growth from a British colony to full-fledged member of the United States of America.

As visitors enter the exhibit from the lobby, they get to see a red, leather-bound copy of Georgia’s colonial charter, which was obtained from the South Carolina archives in 1918.

Next, they see Georgia’s copy of the Declaration of Independence, which includes the words, “These colonies solemnly publish and declare that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.”

I think I know what I’m doing on Saturday.