National Archives—Magna Carta, 1297

The 1297 Magna Carta was written by a group of 13th century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king. American colonists believed they were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen, rights guaranteed in Magna Carta, which were later embedded into the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

David purchased Magna Carta in 2007, one of only four surviving originals and the only one that’s privately owned, which is on display in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery at the National Archives Museum.

National Archives | The Magna Carta
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