By Associated Press - Monday, April 25, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Famous papers about North Carolina government will be on display for two days on the first floor of the Legislative Building as lawmakers start their next session.

The documents will be on display Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon. The legislative session starts Monday.

Included in the display will be the state’s first constitution from 1776, which said the General Assembly selected the government, not voters. Only free men who were at least 21 years old could vote, and only landowners could hold political office.

Among the documents to be displayed are North Carolina’s early constitutions, the original Declaration of Rights and amendments to the state and U.S. Constitution.

After display at the General Assembly the documents will be exhibited at state museums and historic sites throughout 2016.

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