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Declaration of Independence

 
 
Declaration of Independence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
1. Declaration of Independence Marker
Inscription.
This bronze sculpture replicates John Trumbullís famous painting Declaration of Independence that is displayed in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol. It depicts the presentation of the draft of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress in Independence Hall on June 28, 1776, by the drafting committee, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston (shown standing to the left of the table).

Forty-two of the 56 signers of the Declaration are portrayed; Trumbull originally intended to include the 56 signers, but was unable to obtain likenesses for all of them. He also portrayed five people who did not sign the Declaration, but who were present on June 28th. Because the Declaration was debated and signed over a period of six to eight weeks, the men shown here were never in Independence Hall at the same time.
 
Location. 39° 56.908′ N, 75° 8.74′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Chestnut Street and 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east on Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the north side of the Museum of the American Revolution. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Declaration of Independence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
2. Declaration of Independence Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington Crossing the Delaware (here, next to this marker); Mechanics' Union of Trade Associations (a few steps from this marker); The Arsenal of Independence (a few steps from this marker); Elliott Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Secretary of the Treasuryís Office Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Auditorís Office Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony J. Drexel (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Franklin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence. 2012 article by Elizabeth Harrison on History.com. (Submitted on July 29, 2017.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker at the Museum of the American Revolution image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
3. Marker at the Museum of the American Revolution
Declaration of Independence Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
4. Declaration of Independence Plaque
Declaration of Independence Painting in the Capitol Rotunda image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 12, 2011
5. Declaration of Independence Painting in the Capitol Rotunda
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. This page was the Marker of the Week July 30, 2017. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 26, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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