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The traveling exhibit Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015 will be at the Old Capitol Museum through Sunday, April 30. This Law Library of Congress exhibit commemorates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and features images of objects from the Library of Congress collections, an interpretive video, and other materials illustrating Magna Carta’s influence throughout the centuries and how it came to be recognized as the foundation of modern democracy.

The Old Capitol Museum partnered with the American Bar Association to bring Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy to Mississippi. “This exhibit shows how the past is relevant to our present and will shed light on some of the core documents that serve as the foundation of our society,” said Larry Houchins, executive director of the Mississippi Bar Association.

Magna Carta is a proclamation of liberties granted by King John of England in 1215. The charter established the protection of fundamental freedoms of modern civilization: religious liberty, due process of law, and the recognition of private property. The founders of the United States of America looked to Magna Carta as a major influence in the creation of the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and Bill of Rights.

Admission to the Old Capitol is free, and there is no charge to view the exhibit. For more information call 601-576-6920.

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