Throughout history, certain documents have been issued to claim or establish rights and to check abuses of power. To many, the document known as Magna Carta, or the Great Charter, written in thirteenth-century England, is one of the most potent symbols of political liberty and justice. This exhibition brings together six important documents significant to American history, spanning more than eight centuries: Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, an early draft of the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Following the meeting, attendees were shuttled to the Old Burying Grounds in Lexington, where the color guard conducted a memorial service and laid a wreath at the headstone of Maj. Samuel Hastings Jr. The color guard was joined by Col. Dan Meenan of the Sudbury Company of Militia, who symbolically led the march to the gravesite, and then to the Lexington Green. At the green, Compatriot Pastor Garrett Lear, the New Hampshire society, read the words inscribed on the monument’s tablet commemorating the events that occurred there on the morning of April 19, 1775.
The guard fired a musket salute at each of the two locations. The day’s events ended back at the museum with tours of various exhibits.