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(June, 2004)

Frank Bürger

Friedländer Gate, part of the historical barrier and weir system of Neubrandenburg

Will Brown

The Assembly Room of Independence Hall

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

18:30 ESDT, June 21, 2004

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It was in the Assembly Room that George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775; the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776; the design of the American flag was agreed upon in 1777; the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781; and the U. S. Constitution was drafted in 1787.

The room visible through the doorway is the is the Supreme Court Chamber which served as the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania between 1776 and 1787.

Following the establishment of the new Federal government, it also housed the United States District Court, the Circuit Court, and for two days in February of 1791, the United States Supreme Court. The Pennsylvania coat of arms above the judges bench was placed there in 1785. The King's coat of arms occupied the same spot nine years earlier until on July 8, 1776, the day of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence took place, a crowd flooded through the arches and tore the King's coat of arms down. (Information supplied by Isabel Jenkins of the National Park Service).
Digital Canon Rebel; 14mm Canon 2.8 lens. Two Norman strobes, one as a bounce and the other in a soft box.

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