Freedom Matters


March 2, 2023 - December 31, 2024

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Freedom Matters uses rare artifacts and historical documents, interactive activities, and personal perspectives to examine the concept of freedom: where it comes from, what it means, what free societies look like, and the role of the individual in protecting and spreading freedom around the world.

Explore the ongoing pursuit of liberty in a new special exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Featuring rare artifacts and interactive activities, Freedom Matters highlights the importance of freedom in building peaceful societies, how the work of freedom advocates has changed the lives of millions, and what we all can learn from the study of history.

Artifacts including a 14th-century copy of the Magna Carta and rare versions of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights, will be on display as well as other pivotal documents and objects from world history, including the newspapers chronicling women’s suffrage, the Emancipation Proclamation and rare books by thinkers from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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With Special Thanks To:

The Sumners Foundation
Bank of America
Allstate Foundation
Fisher House Foundation
Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District
Oriental Rug Cleaning Co.
The U.S. National Archives
Harlan Crow Library
Wan and HS Kim
John L. Nau, III
David M. Rubenstein