“As Americans, we embrace the rights and freedoms guaranteed by our founding documents, while striving to ensure that these rights apply to all and are meaningful in the present.”
The David M. Rubenstein Gallery opened in December 2013. Its centerpiece is the 1297 Magna Carta, on loan to the National Archives from Mr. Rubenstein. Records of Rights is the gallery’s permanent exhibition that explores the documents and themes of the ongoing struggles of Americans to define, attain and protect their rights. The exhibit showcases the drive for civil rights for African Americans, women and immigrants—chronicling the past and current generations whose efforts to secure equality under the law have shaped the country we live in today.
THE CARLYLE GROUP
“This exhibition is really about making sure that people realize that we don’t have these rights automatically. We have to fight to get them, and once we get them, we have to preserve them.”