With Liberty
and Justice for All

Explore the proud and often painful evolution of American freedom, from the Revolutionary War through the struggle for civil rights, in this ground-breaking exhibit.

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Highlights

Engraved Copy of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, Commissioned by John Quincy Adams, Printed 1823

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Engraved Copy of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, Commissioned by John Quincy Adams, Printed 1823

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Artifact

Print (Visual work)

Date Made

04 July 1823

Summary

This is an exact, precise facsimile of one of America's greatest documents. It is one of two hundred copies commissioned by Secretary of State John Quincy Adams in 1820. It is an engraving made from the original document. Two copies each were given to the surviving signers and the rest distributed to Congress, state governments and colleges and universities.

Object ID

29.1060.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Dr. M.S. Seip

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

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Engraved Copy of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, Commissioned by John Quincy Adams, Printed 1823

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"Whites Only" Drinking Fountain, 1954

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"Whites Only" Drinking Fountain, 1954

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Artifact

Drinking fountain

Date Made

1954

Summary

From the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries, segregation laws in Southern states separated African Americans and whites in almost every aspect of public life -- from railroad cars and schools to restrooms and drinking fountains. Varying from state to state, these laws were supposed to establish facilities that were "separate but equal." In reality, these were almost never equal.

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Warren 

Object ID

2005.19.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

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"Whites Only" Drinking Fountain, 1954

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"Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America," by Thomas Paine, February 1776

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"Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America," by Thomas Paine, February 1776

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Artifact

Pamphlet

Date Made

1776

Summary

Thomas Paine had tried many different jobs in England, but jumped at the chance to work in the printing business over in the American colonies. And there he found his voice. Not being a politician, he had nothing to lose with his little pamphlet. Although he made them sound like just "common sense," his arguments for independence were extremely radical at the time.

Object ID

2005.0.42.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

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thehenryford.org

"Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America," by Thomas Paine, February 1776

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What is The Henry Ford?

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George Washington's Camp Bed, 1775-1780

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George Washington's Camp Bed, 1775-1780

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Artifact

Camp bed

Date Made

1775-1780

Summary

George Washington carried folding beds, tents, eating utensils, and other equipment to use while encamped on the field with his troops during the Revolutionary War. Washington likely used this bed when he traveled from his Newburgh, New York, headquarters in July 1783 -- as the war was winding down -- to tour upstate New York and the military installations located there.

Creators

Unknown 

Place of Creation

United States 

Object ID

29.483.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

George Washington's Camp Bed, 1775-1780

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Rosa Parks Bus

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Artifact

Bus

Date Made

1948

Summary

Inside this bus on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a soft-spoken African-American seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man, breaking existing segregation laws. The flawless character and quiet strength she exhibited successfully ignited action in others. For this, many believe Rosa Parks' act was the event that sparked the Civil Rights movement.

Object ID

2001.154.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Rocking Chair Used by Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre the Night of His Assassination, April 14, 1865

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Rocking Chair Used by Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre the Night of His Assassination, April 14, 1865

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Artifact

Rocking chair

Date Made

1855-1865

Summary

President Abraham Lincoln was sitting in this rocking chair during a production of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC when he was assassinated on April 14, 1865. Henry Ford purchased the chair in 1929 for the Museum, where it remains one of the most revered objects associated with the "man who saved the Union."

Creators

Unknown 

Place of Creation

United States 

Object ID

29.1451.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Rocking Chair Used by Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre the Night of His Assassination, April 14, 1865

View in our Collectionson thehenryford.org 

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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With Liberty and Justice for All

Bronze Bust of George Washington

A turn-of-the-nineteenth-century bronze bust of the first president of the United States.  

Challenging Segregation

The famous bus where, on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man.  

Rosa Parks Bus

Visitors sitting on the bus that played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement.  

Jail for Supporting Women's Rights

Women advocating for their right to vote were sometimes imprisoned in cells such as this.  

Let Women Vote!

The Suffrage Movement, most active in the U.S. in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, resulted in women's right to vote in 1920.  

Separate Entrances

Signs like this one were once common in certain areas of the United States.