This fall, the American Bible Society will begin construction on the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, which will highlight how, from past to present, the Bible has changed those who changed America.
“We are thrilled to open this exciting new experience for Philadelphia and our nation,” American Bible Society President and CEO Roy Peterson said. “What the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center should be, at its finest, is a place that unites — celebrating a diversity of faiths, backgrounds and points of view. And ultimately, the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center will spark a curiosity: How did the Bible influence the people who shaped our nation? And what difference can this book make in our lives today?”
According to a Faith and Liberty Center, the $60 million project, opening in 2018, “will explore how core passages from the Bible on justice, liberty, mercy, and love have guided and inspired not only the authors of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but generations of Americans who have wrestled with Abolitionism, Women’s Right to Vote, Civil Rights, Hurricane Katrina and 9/11.”
The highly-anticipated center, which will be 40,000 square feet, 25,000 of exhibition space, is expected to draw 250,000 visitors annually, and projected to add over $10 million annually to Philadelphia’s economy. It’s being led by the award-winning firm Local Projects, which recently spearheaded the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and ranks as one of the most innovative in the nation.
Source: Gospel Herald/Marieann Klett