Magna Carta and Four Foundations of Freedom, Virginia Beach, VA
Two exhibits, one in Virginia followed by another in New York City, explored the continued relevance of Magna Carta using a 1215 original copy of the document as the central artifact. This text introduces the exhibit theme.
Power Concedes Nothing:
Magna Carta & the Quest for Individual Rights
Magna Carta still resonates across time. “To this day, Magna Carta remains a beacon for nations and peoples committed to the ideals of democracy and individual freedom.” Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice (Retired), United States Supreme Court
As this exhibit illustrates, the ideas recorded nearly 800 years ago on aging velum have spread, interpreted and adapted by one generation after another. The rights demanded by the barons have expanded far beyond noble men. Across time, in many places, for different causes, Magna Carta has inspired challenges to power and demands for individual rights.
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist