on July 23, 2001
A magnificent building, housing the Declaration of Independence penned by Thomas Jefferson. It is a line tour, and there is no time to ponder much- you are expected to keep walking so all can view it. It is behind glass cases. The sculpture that fronts the grand staircase was designed by Philip Martiny. It depicts a female holding a lighted beacon raised skyward. The building is ornate, with massive pillars, inlaid marble floors, and arches with plenty of scrolls decorating their sides. It IS neat to see what you always studied in history classes, in Tom's own spidery handwriting!!
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