Our mission is to raise awareness about the freedoms and principles in the Bill of Rights through the creation of monuments and permanent displays in civic spaces across America, beginning with all 50 State Capitols. Our goal is to elevate the Bill of Rights to its rightful place of prominence in our public square, as a clarion call to the generations that follow to pay heed to America’s founding legacy of liberty.
WHY THE BILL OF RIGHTS?
The Bill of Rights is the single most powerful and successful assertion of individual rights and liberties ever written, truly one of history’s most important and influential documents. Its ingenious balance of personal freedoms and political principles has proven dynamic and durable for over two centuries, making the adoption of a “Bill of Rights” the basic demand of people everywhere seeking freedom from oppression.
Monuments have a unique way of connecting us with our heritage, by showing each new generation exactly what the generations before them felt was so important that they literally carved it into stone or forged it into metal. They play a key inspirational and educational role in passing along our most cherished values, making history visible, tangible, and unforgettable; especially for younger people.
Today the Bill of Rights is barely taught in our schools, and all but invisible in our public square. This is not just a matter of neglecting our history. The freedoms and concepts embedded in the Bill of Rights – powerful ideas like individual liberty, equality under the law, the free exchange of ideas and institutional checks and balances – are just as essential to our future. Passing them along to future generations is a basic responsibility of citizenship.
When completed, THE BILL OF RIGHTS MONUMENT PROJECT will leave a legacy of unprecedented scope: a national network of landmark monuments spanning America’s State Capitols, providing inspirational settings where millions of visitors each year can reflect on the enduring genius of the Bill of Rights.