The exhibit helps people understand the impact and importance of their freedoms in the United States, said Councilwoman Karen Stepper. They are authenticated copies of the originals and date back to the Mayflower Compact and the Civil War.
The documents were displayed in the Danville library in December on mobile walls, which are now in town storage. Interested parties can make a request for the display, Stepper said.
The documents include copies of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Star Spangled Banner, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the Monroe Doctrine.
The display walls are approximately 20 feet by 5 feet and have documents on both sides. They weigh several hundred pounds.
The exhibit will be used in memorial services and spaces for war veterans, such as the All Wars Memorial in Oak Hill Park.
The documents were obtained by the National Exchange Club and are authenticated copies. Rochelle Flotten, assistant to the Town Manager, worked with a graphic designer and followed the guidance provided by the Town Council to create the project.