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$1.2M Copy of Declaration of Independence to Be Displayed for the First Time in Over 20 Years

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    $1.2M Copy of Declaration of Independence to Be Displayed for the First Time in Over 20 Years
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    NEW YORK - JULY 03: A page from the Declaration of Independence is displayed at the New York Public Library on July 3, 2009 in New York City. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 and announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, were now independent states. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    For the first time in more than 20 years, one of the country's most famous documents is coming to two events to commemorate Independence Day.

    The Kennebec Journal reports the city of Hallowell, Maine, will display the city's 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence.

    The document, which was recently appraised at $1.2 million, will be guarded by police at the events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at City Hall.

    The document was one of many printed after the Declaration of Independence's adoption to inform people that their leaders considered themselves sovereign.

    The document is one of about 20 known copies in existence. It will be read by Mayor Mark Walker on the first day and by current state Rep. Charlotte Warren on the second.