Exhibit highlights Magna Carta’s significance to democracy

BOSTON (AP) — A traveling exhibit is commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is hosting “Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215 – 2015” at the John Adams Courthouse in downtown Boston.

The free exhibit, which opened Thursday, features images, videos and other materials illustrating Magna Carta’s influence and how the accord came to be recognized as the foundation of modern democracy.

Magna Carta, which translates to “The Great Charter,” was first signed by King John and the barons of feudal England, establishing basic rights for “free men” and placing the monarch under the rule of law.

The exhibit, developed by the American Bar Association, Library of Congress and Law Library of Congress, is open on most weekdays.

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