The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is unveiling the nation’s first permanent exhibit exploring the constitutional debates of the Civil War.

“Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality” opens to the public on Thursday.

The museum says visitors will “learn how the equality promised in the Declaration of Independence was finally inscribed in the Constitution by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.”

In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, children play outside the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, which is opening a new exhibit
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, children play outside the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, which is opening a new exhibit “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The exhibit features over 100 artifacts, including original copies of those amendments. It also features Dred Scott’s signed petition for freedom, a pike bought by John Brown for an armed raid to free slaves, a fragment of the flag that Abraham Lincoln raised at Independence Hall, and a ballot box marked “colored” from Virginia’s first statewide election that allowed black men to vote in 1867.

In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, a pass carried by Frederick Douglass so he may move freely through the country to recruit black troops is displayed in the new exhibit
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, a pass carried by Frederick Douglass so he may move freely through the country to recruit black troops is displayed in the new exhibit “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality,” in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, a circa 1866 Ku Klux Klan robe and hood is displayed in the new exhibit
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, a circa 1866 Ku Klux Klan robe and hood is displayed in the new exhibit “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality,” at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, the lock of an 1863 weapon is displayed at the new exhibit
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, the lock of an 1863 weapon is displayed at the new exhibit “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality,” at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, shackles and a mandolin made by an enslaved person is displayed at the new exhibit
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, shackles and a mandolin made by an enslaved person is displayed at the new exhibit “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality,” at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, artifacts are displayed at the new exhibit
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, artifacts are displayed at the new exhibit “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality,” at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, a 1863 Training Manual For U.S. Colored Troops is displayed in the new exhibit
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, a 1863 Training Manual For U.S. Colored Troops is displayed in the new exhibit “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality,”at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, visitors stroll through the new exhibit
In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 photo, visitors stroll through the new exhibit “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality,”at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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