Reconstruction Era Exhibit
In spring 2019, the National Constitution Center will open the first gallery in America devoted to exploring the constitutional debates and key figures—from Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to John Bingham and Harriet Tubman—central to the formation and ratification of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. From the early American republic to the Civil War and Reconstruction, the exhibit will use personal stories, documents, and artifacts to engage visitors with themes of freedom, equality, and citizenship. The exhibit will include artifacts from collections around the region and across the country, including featured objects from the collection of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia on loan from the Gettysburg Foundation and the Union League of Philadelphia. While learning about these Reconstruction Amendments, visitors will discover the promises that were enshrined in the Constitution and their impact on all Americans. Visitors will also explore debates over the constitutional legacy of Reconstruction, which continue in America today.
In summer 2019, the National Constitution Center will launch a theater performance that sheds new light on the Reconstruction era and the ratification of the 14th Amendment. This new theater performance will be made possible through a $300,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. The performance will explore significant historical documents and bring to life the leaders, influential figures, and everyday Americans directly affected by the Reconstruction Amendments.
- On the 150th Anniversary of the 14th Amendment, the National Constitution Center Announces New Exhibit, Theater Performance, and Podcast Series
- The Pew Charitable Trusts Awards $500,000 to National Constitution Center for New Permanent Exhibit on the Constitutional Legacy of the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era Amendments