The Virginia Declaration of Rights was adopted by the Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1776. It was created to protect the individual rights of men and declares the right of the people to reform an inadequate government.  It states that, “all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights.”

Written primarily by George Mason, a Virginia politician, this document serves as the precursor to several important historical documents, including the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the United States Bill of Rights.   

Adoption of the Virginia Declaration of Rights (via  Library oF Virginia )

Adoption of the Virginia Declaration of Rights (via Library oF Virginia)