Freedom Shrine


Freedom Shrine dedication at the Dayton Early College Academy was conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 10.  Speakers at the dedication were former Governor Robert Taft, Dean Thomas Lasley, University of Dayton, Mr. William Wild, Exchange Club of Dayton, Mr. David Taylor, assistant principal, DECA, with the invocation and benediction by Fr. John Putka, University of Dayton. Slide show of dedication can be seen at the top of this page.

The Freedom Shrine was inspired by the Freedom Train, a traveling exposition of historic American documents that toured the United States shortly after World War II. In 1949, the National Exchange Club began to install permanent displays of the most significant of these historical documents in communities throughout the nation, so that all Americans would have access to their rich heritage.

Freedom Shrines exist in the U.S. Capitol Building, on U.S. warships, in libraries, and in hundreds of schools throughout the United States. Freedom Shrine documents may include:

  • Mayflower Compact
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Northwest Ordinance
  • The Constitution of the United States
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • Gettysburg Address
  • The Thirteenth Amendment

The Exchange Club of Dayton has installed many Freedom Shrines throughout our community including Wright State University, Sinclair Community College, the WOW School, Oakwood High School, and Centerville High School.

If your organization is interested in installing a Freedom Shrine, please send an email for further information to:

To view Freedom Shrine documents go here: