PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new exhibit that promises a behind-the-scenes look at our nation’s first president opens Friday at the National Constitution Center.

To preview the exhibit today, “President George Washington” (a.k.a. John Lopes, below right), wearing a tricorn hat and with his hair in a ponytail, rode up to the Constitution Center on a white charger, to the delight of nearby tourists.

washington reenactor karin side Reënactor Helps Constitution Center Open New George Washington Exhibit“Discover The Real George Washington” uses nearly 100 artifacts to tell the story of Washington, not just as president but as a family man, an intellectual, and a successful entrepreneur.

James Rees, president and CEO of Mount Vernon, says the exhibit’s items were carefully selected.

“That’s why you have the only set of (Washington) false teeth that exists in the world,” he said.

Hear Karin Phillips tour the exhibit and talk to exhibit organizers in this CBS Philly “At Your Leisure” podcast…

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Upstairs in Prosperity Hall, a companion exhibit details the lives of Washington’s nine African slaves in quilt form.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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