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Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum displaying handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence

Posted at 11:42 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 13:34:13-04

TULSA, Okla. — You can witness a part of American history at the Gilcrease Museum until July 7.

A handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence, which is more than 240 years old, is on display. It was written by Silas Deane, America's first foreign diplomat to France in 1777.

The museum's Curator of History, Mark Dolph, said Benjamin Franklin and Silas Deane used the copy for diplomatic communication in Paris.

"Their intent was to gain support from ally countries like Prussia, like France, like Spain," said Dolph.

The document has already proven to be popular on the first day July 2 bringing dozens of visitors when doors first opened at 10 a.m.

The last time the document was on display in 2015, the museum had about 1,200 visits per day.

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