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The Freedom Shrine

In May 2006, the Jacksonville Public Library received the Freedom Shrine from the Exchange Club of Jacksonville. The Shrine is housed at the Southeast Regional Library.

The Freedom Shrine is an impressive, permanently mounted collection of 30 of the most important and historic American documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Gettysburg Address.

Other documents, such as The Epitaph of Young Benjamin Franklin show the determination of Americans to better themselves, while McAuliffe's Christmas Message demonstrates American willingness to stand firm for the cause of freedom.

All of these remarkable documents serve as windows to the world of America's proud past. They show our nation's youth the strength and courage of their forefathers by allowing them to read, with their own eyes, the immortal words of inspired Americans who so decisively changed the course of history.

Below are pictures from the dedication of the Collection. Click on an image to see a larger version.
Image from Freedom Shrine Dedication
Image from Freedom Shrine Dedication

Image from Freedom Shrine Dedication
Image from Freedom Shrine Dedication

Image from Freedom Shrine Dedication

Image from Freedom Shrine Dedication

 

About Exchange

Exchange is an all-volunteer, national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills and enjoy new friendships. Exchange is made up of more than 800 clubs and nearly 28,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. A goal of the Exchange Club is to present at least one Freedom Shrine every May to a junior or senior high school, but they are also given to libraries, universities, and other public service institutions.