2008-06-26 / News

See historic documents at state archives

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis invites the public to honor July 4 by learning about Rhode Island's independence at the State Archives in downtown Providence in July.

Among the treasures available for viewing are the document that declared Rhode Island's independence from England's King George III on May 4, 1776, and Rhode Island's original copy of the Declaration of Independence, signed by John Hancock and Rhode Islanders Stephen Hopkins and William Ellery.

Additionally, there are acts of the Rhode Island General Assembly dating from 1776 dealing with the printing, publication and public reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Located at 337 Westminster St., Providence, the facility is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free parking is available at the In-Town Parking lot adjacent to the facility.

For more information call 222- 2353 or visit www.sec.state.ri.us.

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