GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - People who may never make it to Washington, D. C. to see the National Library of Congress can get a sample of it as part of a traveling tour.
The Library of Congress Gateway to Knowledge is a traveling museum that made a stop in Gadsden. It was open to the public, free of charge, all day Friday and will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Its only other stop in Alabama, earlier in the week, was in the south Alabama city of Daphne.
The exhibit is parked on College Street, directly in front of the main branch of the Gadsden Public Library. Viewers will get to see exhibits ranging from an early draft of the Declaration of Independence to the very first Spider-Man comic book from 1961. These are replicas, as the originals don't go on tour for security reasons.
The exhibit also includes displays devoted to Thomas Edison, Clara Barton, some rare World War II photographs of women working in a defense factory and an explanation of President Thomas Jefferson's role in creating the Library of Congress.