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NC's Bill of Rights copy takes rare bow in public

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) - North Carolina's copy of the Bill of Rights - once stolen but only recently recovered - has made a brief public appearance at the old Capitol building where historians say a Union soldier likely took it as the Civil War ended.

State officials brought out the 1789 document Monday on the 10th anniversary of the sting operation that led to North Carolina getting back the fading manuscript. It was taken to the 1840 Capitol Building in a small parade led by Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and schoolchildren holding American flags and displayed for several hours behind glass.

The document was displayed publicly in 2007 during a seven-city tour and lecture series.

The General Assembly planned to meet Monday evening in the same building and approve a resolution highlighting the anniversary.

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