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Declaration of Independence To Be On Display At Commonwealth Museum in Dorchester Thursday, July 4

July 4, 2019

A rare original copy of the Declaration of Independence is scheduled to be on display at the Commonwealth Museum on Columbia Point in Dorchester today.

Museum officials plan to exhibit the state’s copy of the 1776 document, which is one of 14.

It features the famous signature of John Hancock, who served as president of the Second Continental Congress, which adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 – which, like this year, was a Thursday.

The Commonwealth Museum is scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 4.

The museum is located on the eastern side of the Massachusetts Archives at 220 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, on Columbia Point between the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Access to the Commonwealth Museum is through the main entrance of the state archives building. Then turn right.

Admission and parking are free.

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