George Washington's personally signed copy of the Acts of Congress. This rare volume includes Washington's personal copy of the Constitution. Dated to 1789, this treasure was in a private collection for many years until bought at an estate auction in 2012. Today, it is the property of Mount Vernon and on permanent display there.
On Dec. 14, 1799, George Washington died at Mount Vernon of a severe throat infection. He was 67 years old. His death stunned the nation. Mourners expressed their grief in mock funerals and heartfelt eulogies for many months afterward. See Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon at the Missouri History Museum through Jan 27, 2013. http://www.mohistory.org/node/7563
Sybil Ludington (April 5, 1761 – February 26, 1839) was a heroine of the American Revolutionary War who is famous for her night ride on April 26, 1777, to alert American colonial forces to the approach of the British. Her action was similar to that performed by Paul Revere, though she rode more than twice the distance of Revere, rode alone, and was only 16 years old at the time of her action.
George Washington’s pew at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City. After Washington’s inauguration as the nation’s first president in 1789, he walked to the chapel to pray. Above the pew is one of the earliest paintings of the Great Seal of the United States.
Prince Estabrook (1740-1830) was a slave who lived in Lexington, MA. At dawn on April, 19, 1775, he was one of the Lexington Minute Men awaiting the arrival of the British Regulars at the Buckman Tavern. In the battle which followed, Prince Estabrook was wounded on Lexington Green. Through circumstances and destiny, he thus became the first black soldier to fight in the American Revolution. He was granted emancipation following his service in the war.
Sybil Ludington, is considered to be the female equivalent of Paul Revere. At only 16 years old, she made a journey twice as long as Revere’s. Her father, Col. Ludington was the leader of the local militia. In April of 1777, Col. Ludington sent Sybil to warn the militia members in several other towns to prepare for the impending attack by the British. Sybil traveled 40 miles on horseback on a stormy night. Sybil was thanked for her help by George Washington who came to her home personally.