Emancipation Proclamation

Extended Thru July 24, 2016

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is exhibiting a rare, signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.  This historical document, penned by President Abraham Lincoln, was issued on January 1, 1863, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states, “are, and henceforward shall be free.”  The Emancipation Proclamation did not end the system of human bondage, but paved the way for the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which ended the system nationally.  The exhibition will also feature 1863 illustrations from Harper’s Weekly and text panels describing the document’s unique history.   

The Emancipation Proclamation is rare to see in person, which makes this exhibition very special.  The document can be viewed on the third floor in the Skirball Gallery. General admission covers the cost to see this exhibit, as well as the rest of the exhibits in the building.  The Emancipation Proclamation is on loan from David Rubenstein, managing director of The Carlyle Group.

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