January 24, 2020 agrant

Founding Mothers depicted in Faulkner Mural with Image Projection in National Archives Rotunda

On November 13, 2019, bestselling author and journalist, Cokie Roberts, was posthumously named recipient of the Records of Achievement Award by the National Archives Foundation, in honor of her decades of service as political reporter and analyst and for her dedication to preserving the rich history of the National Archives over the years.

The ceremony, which took place in the National Archives Building, set the stage for a brilliant tribute to Cokie Roberts, who tirelessly advocated for recognition of women’s contributions throughout United States history. In Cokie’s honor, Faulkner’s U.S. Constitution mural, which features the nation’s Founding Fathers, was illuminated to highlight the contributions of the nation’s Founding Mothers, including projected images of Martha Washington, Dolley Madison, Eliza Hamilton and Abigail Adams.

The Records of Achievement Award is the highest honor given by the National Archives Foundation to an individual whose contributions have fostered a broader national awareness of the history of the U.S. as exemplified in National Archives’ records.  Ms. Roberts’ timely recognition and the National Archives Foundation’s inclusive depiction of the Founding Mothers of the United States in Faulkner’s mural, comes just ahead of the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing and protecting the constitutional voting rights of women.


Artwork: Samara King

Projection: Quince Imaging

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