The Assembly Room is Where the Declaration of Independence Was Signed

PHILADELPHIA - The Assembly Room is located on the first-floor of Independence Hall. The room was built around 1790 and is decorated in the era's style. The earliest known painting of the room is called Congress Voting Independence. It was painted by Robert Edge Pine in 1784 and finished by Edward Savage. Savage died before his engravings were finished. The Massachusetts Historical Society acquired the plate in 1859, and the engravings were printed the following year.

In 1776, the Continental Congress held its first meeting in the Assembly Room. Delegates from each colony sat at a single table. The Constitutional Convention held meetings here for ten years before it moved to the new national capital of Washington, D.C. In 1787, the Constitutional Convention was held in the building to "revise" the Articles of Confederation and create a new blueprint for the national government. The Constitutional Convention ratified the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.

The Assembly Hall has a replica of the Declaration of Independence in the Portrait Gallery.  The Liberty Bell is is placed on a pedestal decorated with Revolutionary symbols. There are also several paintings by Charles Willson Peale on the walls of the building. The two-dollar bill has an image of the assembly room. The National Park Service provides information about the historic building. While there is no actual copy of the Declaration of Independence, you can visit Independence Hall and learn about it from the National Park Service.

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