NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With Independence Day around the corner, the New York Public Library is putting a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence on display.
The historic copy is in Thomas Jefferson’s own handwriting.
Before the Declaration of Independence was ratified, a section from Jefferson condemning the slave trade was removed.
The future third president of the United States wrote out several copies of his original text. The Library acquired its copy in 1896 when a trustee donated it from his private collection, according to the library’s website.
It’s one of only two copies that have survived intact.
When not on display for the public, the copy is held in the Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Division.
The document goes on display at the Fifth Avenue branch on Thursday.
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