Nathan Alford-Tate in FOURTEEN at the National Constitution Center. Photo by Daniel Kontz.
The National Constitution Center presents FOURTEEN, a theatrical performance that sheds new light on the Reconstruction era and the ratification of the 14th Amendment. Through dramatic interpretation of original texts, such as Frederick Douglass’ open letter “To My Old Master,” the 35-minute performance brings to life the leaders, influential figures, and everyday Americans who were central to the era. Designed to complement the Constitution Center’s exhibit and gallery devoted to the constitutional legacy of the Civil War, the theater work will enhance visitors’ understanding of key constitutional texts and draw connections to themes of freedom, equality, and citizenship that remain relevant today.
FOURTEEN will run three times a day, Monday through Friday, February 4 to March 27. Performances are free with general admission to the National Constitution Center.