And a ’50-ton’ move.
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia announced that a 50-ton marble tablet, engraved with the 45 words of the First Amendment, has been moved successfully 150 miles from the former Newseum façade.
- The tablet now spans a 100-foot-wide wall on the Center’s Grand Hall Overlook.
An unveiling ceremony will be held this spring, along with a First Amendment symposium featuring leading experts and scholars.
The tablet, made of Tennessee pink marble, was engraved and erected in 2007 at the Newseum’s former home at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., and it was seen for years during the opening of ABC’s “This Week.”
- After the museum closed in 2019, the Freedom Forum donated the tablet to the National Constitution Center.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I was able to visit the NEWSEUM in DC shortly before they permanently closed their doors due to a financial shortfall. It was spectacular and inspiring; I spent two full days exploring the exhibits, while wondering again and again how such an important and needed tapestry of history could be closing. Perhaps more exhibits will be shared, like this spectacular and poignant marble tablet. -dayle
Voting during the 19th Amendment’s centennial wasn’t supposed to be this way
“The moment was supposed to be a bright spot in an otherwise chaotic and uncertain year,” wrote Errin Haines, The 19th’s editor-at-large. “Instead, it would leave me feeling that chaos and uncertainty more acutely than ever.”
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As the pandemic rages and voter enthusiasm is at a record high, Americans are being urged to make a plan to cast their ballot in the most consequential election many of us will ever live through.
My plan was to vote early, something I did frequently in my native Georgia before moving to Philadelphia five years ago. Because of the pandemic, Pennsylvania allowed voting before Election Day for the first time this year.
On Monday, I emerged exhausted, demoralized and enraged after four hours of standing in line.
How, in the city where the Constitution was written and signed, where we celebrate the founding principles of democracy, is this happening? I was angry not for myself, but on behalf of the Philadelphians who could be disenfranchised this election. I am someone who had four hours to stand in line; there are too many who live in this city who do not.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
I wondered how many people passed by, saw the line, and kept walking or driving.”