By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s Colonial charter is getting a new state-of-the-art display case.

The secretary of state’s office says the 351-year-old document has been transported to the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts, with a police escort.

The center plans to scan the charter to make a reproduction, separate it into its three original sections and preserve them.

The reproduction will be in a museum at the State House after Veterans Day.

A New Hampshire company is building three encasements to enclose the charter in a specialized gas. State officials say that work will take nearly a year.

The $700,000 project is being paid for with state funds, grants and donations.

The charter set out the principal of religious freedom. It was obtained from England’s King Charles II in 1663.

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