Handwritten draft of NY state constitution going on display

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The handwritten manuscript draft of the New York state constitution, created during the Revolutionary War, is going on public display in downtown Albany.

The state Department of Education says the document will be on display April 15 through April 20 on the 11th floor of the Cultural Education Center, home of the New York State Museum and State Archives , which holds the draft among its collection of 250 million records dating back to 1630.

The complete, official text was published as the state constitution in Fishkill in 1777. It was officially adopted in Kingston on April 20, 1777, establishing New York as a state.

A final copy of the 1777 state constitution doesn’t exist. Historians say it’s possible the complete document was destroyed after it was sent to the printer in Fishkill.