Exhibit marks 800th anniversary of Magna Carta sealing

Bound copy of the Magna Carta from 1556 once owned by Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta is being commemorated in North Carolina with an exhibition at the State Capitol.

Images of the Magna Carta along with documents and manuscripts from the rare collections at the Library of Congress are captured on 12 banners in the exhibit, which opens Tuesday and continues through Jan. 30.

The American Bar Association and the Library of Congress produced the exhibit titled “Magna Carta Enduring Legacy 1215-2015.”

King John issued the Magna Carta to deal with a political crisis he faced. It established for the first time that everyone, including the king, was subject to law. It remains a cornerstone of Anglo-American jurisprudence even though its most of its words have been rewritten, deleted or repealed since then.

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