Declaration Of Independence To Be Displayed In Rhode Island

Jul 3, 2014

The Declaration of Independence
Credit U.S. National Archives

A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display in Rhode Island tonight at the John Brown House in Providence. The document is what is known as a broadside, which means it was printed to be hung outdoors for the public to see. This is one of five known to exist, and was originally printed in Newport.

Kirsten Hammerstrom is the director of collections at the Rhode Island Historical Society.

"One of the things that makes this one special is that there is a typo in it. The Newport printer inadvertently set up the dateline to read June 13th instead of July 13th," said Hammerstrom.

The year, 1776, was printed correctly.

The Declaration of Independence will be on display from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at the John Brown House with free admission for the public.

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