Cast Bronze Original Replicas of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights to be Placed at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Launching a National Program to Celebrate the Constitution
Former Virginia Governor and US Senator George Allen and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, will come to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School on Monday, November 22 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm to discuss the importance of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights and to dedicate a set of bronze replicas of these documents, which will be displayed at the school. The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School will be the first school in the US to receive a set of these replicas. “We are honored that two such esteemed former governors will provide a learning experience for our students,” said Maggie L. Walker Director Fred Morton. “As the Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, this is the ideal environment for such a conversation to take place.”
The discussion between the two former Virginia Governors will be moderated by former VCU political science professor Dr. Robert D. Holsworth, who is chairman of the Richmond's Future Research Council. Also, speaking at the dedication will be Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Regional Board Chair and Chesterfield School Board member Dianne E. Pettitt, and Maggie L. Walker Steering Committee Chair and Chesterfield Superintendent Dr. Marcus J. Newsome.
The bronze plaques are exact replicas of the original documents, and the initiative traces its roots to the Constitutional Bicentennial Commission, which was created by President Ronald Reagan to celebrate the 200th year anniversary of the ratification of the US Constitution. Commission Chairman, Chief Justice Warren Burger, was charged with enhancing awareness throughout America about the Constitution. He and the President believed strongly that introducing American students to these documents was paramount to achieving that goal. To that end, in 1986, they commissioned an artist to create an original replica negative of each page of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Placing these original reproductions in schools and public buildings across America became one of the main missions for the Commission. While the Commission was unsuccessful with that goal 25 years ago, a Virginia based non-profit group, the American Constitution Spirit Foundation, has worked tirelessly to bring the vision to reality.
This event will inaugurate the 20th year celebration of the Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, which moved to the Maggie L. Walker building from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2001.