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1947--The Freedom Train--1949
"Freedom is EVERYBODY'S Job"

Quite simply,
The Freedom Train
was
The Greatest Public Service Campaign
in American History.

48 States
322 Communities
413 Days
1947--Freedom Train--1949
126 Historic Freedom Documents
American Heritage Foundation
48 States
322 Communities,
413 Days







"The Freedom Train"
by
Howard Fogg




3.5 Million
Names
"The Freedom Scrolls" 3.5 Million
Names

All 31 Original Freedom Scrolls are located in
The Freedom Train Collection
at The National Archives in College Park, Maryland

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#1-The Call of Freedom #2-The White House Conference

In the summer of 1946,
US Attorney General Thomas Clark
conceives the idea of The Freedom Train.

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President Truman climbs on board,
invites 62 leading national organizations to
Special White House Conference.

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#3-Christening the Freedom Train #4-Freedom Train Route

The Freedom Train locomotive was Christened the "Spirit of 1776"
by Mrs. Woodward Redmond on September 5, 1947
at the American Locomotive plant in Schenectady, New York.

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The Freedom Train was on Tour for 413 days,
visited 322 Communities in all 48 States and traveled
over 37,000 miles during its historic Journey.

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#5-Opening Day #6-Signing the Freedom Scroll

Opening Day was full of Excitement
as Local Dignitaries "Cut the Ribbon"
to "Officially" open the Freedom Train.

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After Opening Ceremonies,
the Mayor was usually the first
to sign and date the Freedom Scroll.

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#7-Gubernatorial Visits #8-Celebrity Visits

The Freedom Train was a must see,
and many State Governors made it a point
to see the "Freedom Documents" first hand.

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The Freedom Train was a popular stop
for celebrities from all walks of life
including many Hollywood film Stars.

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#9-Marine Guards #10-One in a Million

The United States Marine Corps.
guarded the "Documents of Freedom"
as the Freedom Train traveled across America.

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Over 3.5 Million Visitors toured
the Freedom Train with one in every 500,000
receiving a special gift.

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#11-Freedom Is Everybody's Job! Song #12-The Freedom Train Song

Theme Song Sponsored by
The American Heritage Foundation
for America's year of Rededicaton.

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The Freedom Train even had an official song,
written by Irving Berlin and performed by
Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.

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#13-All 126 Freedom Train Documents #14-40 Documents of The Freedom Train

First and only time in American History
these 126 historic Documents of Freedom
have been assembled for public display.

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To View All 126 Documents.


One of several attempts to condense
the 40 most important documents from the Freedom Train
into an educational packet for students and teachers alike.

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#15-Freedom Pledge #16-Freedom Prayer

As a highlight to the Freedom Train visit,
millions of Americans took the Freedom Pledge
as part of Local Rededicaton Week Activities.

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To complement the Freedom Pledge,
Joseph Auslander wrote a Prayer of Rededicaton,
or Freedom Prayer for Re dedication Week Activities.

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#17-Freedom Train Publications #18-Freedom Train Comics

A host of publications were developed for The Freedom Train,
including...Planning Guides, an Advertising Portfolio,
and various Retail Items highlighting the Documents.

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The Freedom Train was so popular,
it was featured in 12 major comic strips,
as well as two special edition comic books.

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#19-Freedom Train Scholarship Contest #20-Freedom Train Cards

"What America Means to Me"
was the theme for scholarship contest
as part of a Freedom Train visit,

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To complement Freedom Train Publications,
a greeting card and series of post cards
were developed with views of the train.

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#22-Freedom Train Magazine Articles #23-Freedom Train Newspaper Articles

The Freedom Train was a "National Event"
covered by major magazines
all across the country,

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The Freedom Train was a "National Event"
covered by hundreds of newspapers
all across the country.

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#24-Editorials #25-Editorial Cartoons

The Freedom Train was the frequent subject
of Newspaper Editorials encouraging Americans
to "Get Out and see the Freedom Train.

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That same message was trumpeted far and wide
via the Editorial Cartoon as Americans
Everywhere "Got Out" to see the Freedom Train.

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#26-Radio Kit #27-On the Radio

The American Heritage Foundation
put together an extensive Radio Kit,
featuring a variety of PSA's and Radio Shows.

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The Freedom Train was in the News,
and featured on hundreds of Radio Broadcasts,
including this segment by Arthur Godfrey on CBS.

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#28-Freedom Train Paramount Newsreels #29-Freedom Train Signal Corp Films


Paramount Newsreels,
"The Eyes and Ears of the World"
featured the Freedom Train 10 times.

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The Army Signal Corp
made extensive films of
The Freedom Train

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#30-American Heritage Foundation Photo Files #31-US Marine Corps Photo Logs

The American Heritage Foundation Photo File
contains over 500 images in 3 Boxes located at
The National Archives in College Park, MD.

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The US Marine Corps Photo Logs
detail hundreds of "Official Photos" and are located at
The National Archives in College Park, MD

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#32-Freedom Train Window Displays #33-Freedom Train Archives

Towns and Cities all across America,
greeted the Freedom Train with open arms
and Window Displays.

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The American Heritage Foundation/Freedom Train
"Official Records" comprise more than 30 boxes of material
and are housed at The National Archives in College Park, MD.

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#34-National Archives Exhibit

After the Freedom Train completed its historic journey,
the American Heritage Foundation donated all display cases
to the National Archives for this Special 4 month exhibit.

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