One of the Philadelphia highlights of last month’s “Cradle of Liberty” tour was the Signers’ Hall at the National Constitution Center.
The exhibit features life-size bronze statutes of 42 men: the 39 delegates who signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787, as well as the three who refused. Painstaking effort was made to reproduce the signers as accurately as possible regarding height, dress, facial features, etc. I read that there was only one where they had to pretty much guess as to his appearance.
Ben Franklin’s a bit shinier than the others. Why? Apparently, people love to shake his hand, resulting in the outer layer of bronze being rubbed away.
Fun facts about the founders:
- Their average age was 42. All were men.
- They spent four months behind closed doors writing the Constitution.
- In the end, three refused to sign what they viewed as a flawed document.