WICHITA – (June 29, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Chief Judge James Fleetwood will host a local display on the history of the Magna Carta – the 13th century document that set the course for democracy in England, and greatly influenced democracy in the United States.
The exhibit will be on display in Rhatigan Student Center on Wichita State University’s campus during the month of July. The address is 1845 Fairmount St. #56. School classes, youth groups, civic clubs and members of the public are invited to visit the display during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
“While the Magna Carta began as a series of grievances from barons in medieval England, the fundamental rights that were laid out in that document were later echoed in our own Declaration of Independence, and have been symbolic of liberty and democracy,” Schmidt said. “I encourage civic clubs, educators and other interested citizens to use this opportunity to discuss our civic history and to engage in learning about the precious system of self-government we have inherited from those who came before.”
Schmidt and Fleetwood encouraged all local residents, and particularly students, to visit the display and learn more about the Magna Carta’s legacy.
“The Magna Carta has also had great influence on the development of the Rule of Law rather than by the will of the Monarch,” Judge Fleetwood said. “While initially the Magna Carta established certain unassailable rights for a privileged upper class, it was the inspiration for the concept that the entire governed population should maintain these rights, unassailable by the exercise of governmental authority.”
The exhibit was produced by the American Bar Association in honor of the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary in 2015. Although that anniversary has passed, the exhibit is on traveling display. More information about the display and the Magna Carta is available on the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov/magna-carta.