Archivist Greg Jarrell was researching a Revolutionary War-era ancestor of a patron at the Georgia Archives when he found something he didn't expect: Georgia’s official copy of the Declaration of Independence.
“It was an oh-my-God moment — just awe struck, just thinking of what this document went through,” said Jarrell, 44, who also is a portrait artist.
Officials have determined the document is authentic. It will remain in a vault at the state archives until Georgia Day on Feb. 12, when it will be displayed along with the state’s Charter at the state capitol.
“It is absolutely stunning,” Jarrell said. “That is just the most amazing thing we have is this document. It is irreplaceable. It is a treasure. It is priceless.” [Link]