October 07, 2016

ABA Magna Carta educational traveling exhibit stops in Montgomery, Ala.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2016 — The American Bar Association has joined with the Library of Congress and its Law Library to present a special traveling exhibit commemorating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. The Supreme Court of Alabama will co-host the exhibit which runs from October 11th – 31st. 

The exhibit will feature 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 exhibit will appear in the Rotunda of the Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building at 300 Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, AL. For exhibit viewing, the museum is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm excluding holidays. Special group tours are available Monday-Friday by appointment between the hours of 9 am-4 pm.

There will be a special exhibit reception from 5:30 -7:30 pm on Thursday, October 13th. It will feature remarks by Judge William H. Pryor, Jr., 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The reception is sponsored by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, the Hugh Maddox Inn of Court, and the Blackstone Center for Law and Liberty.

To attend the reception, please RSVP to Tim Lewis, Director, Alabama Supreme Court & State Law Library at tim.lewis@alappeals.gov. Or you can contact Mr. Lewis at 334-229-0578. All attendees must use the front doors of the building and enter through security. No firearms are permitted on the property.

The ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress unveiled “Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015” at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston in August 2014. Curated by the Library of Congress, the exhibit features 16 banners, 13 of which reflect spectacular images of Magna Carta and precious manuscripts, books and other documents from the Library of Congress’ rare book collections. The exhibit also incorporates a video, produced by the Library of Congress, showing the law librarian and the exhibit curator handling selected materials depicted in the exhibit and explaining their significance. The exhibit is to raise awareness about Magna Carta’s enduring influence and to highlight treasures held by the Library and its Law Library.

The principles found in Magna Carta played a fundamental role in establishing the supremacy of the law in our constitutional, democratic society, including concepts embraced by the Founding Fathers in the Bill of Rights. The importance of Magna Carta to American laws and freedoms was highlighted at the ABA Annual Meeting as Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. spoke of its significance. “When we talk about Magna Carta today, we’re not celebrating antiquated relics of a time long past,” he said. “Instead, we are referring to a small collection of provisions that express kernels of transcendent significance.”

For information about hosting the ABA Magna Carta Traveling Exhibit, please contact Elissa Lichtenstein at elissa.lichtenstein@americanbar.org.

For further information about ABA’s “Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015,” visit http://ambar.org/mctravelingexhibit

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