Pa. Constitution Center to display Bill of Rights

Written by The Associated Press | May 22, 2013 3:45 PM

One of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights that may have been stolen from Pennsylvania in the late 1800s is returning, under a 100-year agreement reached with its owner, The New York Public Library, and state officials.

The document will be at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia for three years starting in the fall of 2014.

The New York Library acquired its Bill of Rights in 1896 as a donation.

Of the 14 original copies - one for each of the colonies, plus Congress - four are missing from their home states, including the Pennsylvania copy.

Officials say it's unlikely to determine with absolute certainty that this is Pennsylvania's copy. New York and Pennsylvania agreed to not battle over ownership and struck the joint stewardship arrangement.

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