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Pa. to display original copy of Bill of Rights

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Governor Tom Corbett has announced an agreement that will allow Pennsylvania to display an original copy of the Bill of Rights for the first time in decades.

The document, currently at The New York Public Library, will be on public display at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia for three years, beginning in the fall of 2014.

Corbett said the library has been storing the document since acquiring it through a donation in 1896, but there has been debate among scholars as to whether it is Pennsylvania's original copy.

Each of the 13 states and the federal government received a handwritten copy of the Bill of Rights in 1789, and 12 copies are known to have survived. New York's copy is believed to have been destroyed in a fire and Pennsylvania's went missing in the 1800's.

As part of a 100-year partnership, the document will be displayed alternately by the library and Pennsylvania equally for the first six years. After that, the library - which is responsible for care of the document - will have it 60 percent of the time that it can be displayed.

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