“Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015” exhibit comes to the AZCM

Document had profound effect on U.S. founders

For Immediate Release
March 3, 2016

For More Information Contact:

Kim Crawford, Communications Manager 
Phone: (602) 926-3810
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PHOENIX – The Magna Carta had a profound effect on the creation of the United States of America. The founders of the U.S. looked to it as a major influence in the creation of the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and Bill of Rights. March 4 – 23, “Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015” is available for viewing at the Arizona Capitol Museum (AZCM). Admission and parking are free.

Sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, the exhibit features spectacular images from the Library of Congress along with supporting text that tell the story of the 800-year-old Magna Carta. The Magna Carta is the origination of such enduring principles as the concept of fundamental law, or laws that even royalty cannot alter; “no taxation without representation,” protection from the unlawful seizure of property, and more. 

“Arizonans need to have an appreciation and an understanding of the fundamental freedoms outlined in the Magna Carta and that’s why I felt so strongly about the Attorney General’s Office partnering to bring this exhibit to our great state,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich.  “I want to thank the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, the American Bar Association, and the Arizona Capitol Museum for helping make this exhibit a reality.”

“The exhibit is a remarkable opportunity for Arizonans to learn about the Magna Carta and how it shaped our government,” said historian Jack L. August, Ph.D., head of Institutional Advancement for the AZCM. “The charter was and continues to be a guideline for our republic.”

Developed by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress and the Law Library of Congress, the traveling exhibit features 16 freestanding banners with beautiful images of priceless Magna Carta related items from the Library of Congress rare books collection and related textual material. 

The AZCM is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information about AZCM exhibits, or to schedule a tour, go online to www.azlibrary.gov/azcm or call 602-926-3620.

The AZCM is a branch of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State.