The Jefferson Building

Thomas Jefferson, born April 13, 1743, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States, sold his personal library to Congress after the British burned the Library of Congress in 1814. His contribution is commemorated in The Jefferson Building, completed in 1897, a new home for the Library of Congress.

In the Great Hall of the building, two artifacts are prominently displayed: the Gutenberg Bible, and the Giant Bible of Mainz.

And in the Main Reading Room, where fields of knowledge are represented, is a statue of Moses representing religion with an inscription from Micah 6:8: “What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.”


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