America’s First Monument of the Bill of Rights

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(photographs by John Saunders)

(photographs by John Saunders)

The Bill of Rights Monument at the Arizona State Capitol was officially dedicated on the morning of December 15, 2012. The ceremony took place in a light rain in front of a crowd of several hundred people gathered at the monument’s hillside site, directly across from the Capitol complex in Phoenix. Dignitaries included Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Congressperson Kyrsten Sinema, and Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca Berch.

The date, designated Bill of Rights Day by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941, marked the 221st anniversary of Virginia becoming the 11th State to ratify a group of ten constitutional amendments known as the Bill of Rights, making them officially part of the new U.S. Constitution.

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The monument’s street address is 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix 85007. It is located in the southwest quadrant of Wesley Bolin Plaza, directly across from the Capitol.

 
 
 
 
 

Press Kit / Bill of Rights Monument at the Arizona Capitol