TOPEKA – (August 30, 2019) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Chief Judge Kim Cudney 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 at the Cloud County Courthouse in Concordia from September 3-13 and Guaranty State Bank in Beloit from September 16-30. School classes, youth groups, civic clubs and members of the public are invited to visit the display from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in Concordia and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday in Beloit.
“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 Constitution, 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.”
The Magna Carta has also had great influence on the development of laws.
“This is an opportunity for our community to see and learn about one of the most celebrated documents in history,” Cudney said. “The ‘Great Charter’, arising from political crisis, provided a practical solution in 1215, including the fundamental principle that everyone, even the king, was subject to the law. Core principles of the Magna Carta found their way into America’s Bill of Rights and apply today, including the principle that all people have a right to justice and a fair trial. I sincerely hope that our community will come and observe this display that we are privileged to host.”
Schmidt and Cudney encouraged all local residents, and particularly students, to visit the display and learn more about the Magna Carta’s legacy. Those interested in requesting a presentation in Concordia may contact Kristi Benyshek by phone at 785-243-8124. Those interested in requesting a presentation in Beloit may contact Tami Pruitt by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 785-738-3501.
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.