In May 2006, the Jacksonville Public Library received the Freedom Shrine from the Exchange Club of Jacksonville.
The Freedom Shrine is an impressive, permanently mounted collection of 30 of the most important and historic American documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Gettysburg Address.
Other documents, such as The Epitaph of Young Benjamin Franklin show the determination of Americans to better themselves, while McAuliffe's Christmas Message demonstrates American willingness to stand firm for the cause of freedom.
All of these remarkable documents serve as windows to the world of America's proud past. They show our nation's youth the strength and courage of their forefathers by allowing them to read, with their own eyes, the immortal words of inspired Americans who so decisively changed the course of history.