On June 29, 1776, Virginia declared its independence from Great Britain by adopting the Virginia Declaration of Rights. The author of the document was George Mason.
The Declaration was adopted unanimously by the Fifth Virginia Convention at Williamsburg, Virginia on June 12, 1776 as a separate document from the Constitution of Virginia which was later adopted on June 29, 1776. In 1830, the Declaration of Rights was incorporated within the Virginia State Constitution as Article I, but even before that Virginia’s Declaration of Rights stated that it was ‘”the basis and foundation of government” in Virginia.
Below is a brilliant scene from the John Adams mini-series about the Declaration of Independence.