Declaration of Independence

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Story: The Declaration of Independence spent World War II in Fort Knox. On December 23, 1941, just over two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the signed Declaration, together with the Constitution, was removed from public display and prepared for evacuation out of Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of armed guards, the founding document was packed in a specially designed container, latched with padlocks, sealed with lead and placed in a larger box. All told, 150 pounds of protective gear surrounded the parchment. On December 26 and 27, accompanied by Secret Service agents, it traveled by train to Louisville, Kentucky, where a cavalry troop of the 13th Armored Division escorted it to Fort Knox. The Declaration was returned to Washington, D.C., in 1944.

Storyboard Text

  • After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the Declaration and the Constitution were taken off of display  
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  • The Declaration was packaged and sealed with padlocks and was prepared to be evacuated out of Washington D.C. Security guards surrounded it at all times. 
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  • The Declaration of Independence was transported out of Washington D.C through the Union Station.  It was going to stay in Fort Knox during World War II.
  • Security guards were near the Declaration of Independence at all times so that nobody could steal it. 
  • You are almost to Fort Knox
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  • While in Fort Knox, the Declaration was examined and some repairs were done. 
  • In 1944, the Declaration was returned to Washington D.C in good condition. 
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