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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:42 AM

The Emancipation Proclamation is on display at the National Archives, April 14 - 16.

Emancipation Proclamation and DC Emancipation Exhibits Celebrate Freedom

By Kerri Lawrence | National Archives News

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2019 — The National Archives will display two historically significant documents and offer other special related programs this April to celebrate DC Emancipation Day and honor President Abraham Lincoln’s life.

The National Archives will display the Emancipation Proclamation in the museum’s East Rotunda Gallery from April 14 through 16, coinciding with the anniversary of Lincoln’s death on April 15.



The Emancipation Proclamation and the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act of 1982 will be on display at the National Archives museum for a limited viewing in honor of President Abraham Lincoln's life and DC Emancipation day. This facsimile of the EP is in the National Archives catalog. The original Emancipation Proclamation can also be found in the National Archives catalog.

Concurrently, the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 will be featured in the West Rotunda Gallery from April 12 through 16 in celebration of DC Emancipation Day on April 16.

“As a milestone in the long journey toward abolishing slavery, the Emancipation Proclamation has assumed a place among the great documents of human freedom,” Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero said. “The story of the Emancipation Proclamation is one that would help to redefine freedom and eventually change the course of history. Both the Proclamation and the DC legislation represent a promise of hope, freedom, and justice that continues to inspire and resonate with the American people more than 150 years after its creation.”

Both documents allowed for the freedom of slaves. President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia legislation on April 16, 1862, almost nine months before signing the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.

The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freeing 3,100 individuals, reimbursing those who had legally owned them, and offering the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. The District of Columbia celebrates Emancipation Day each April 16 to recognize that freedom for the thousands of DC slaves.
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appalachiablue Apr 2019 #1

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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:34 PM

1. It should be on permanent display, if there ever was a 'charter of freedom'

Lincoln's Emancipation is it.

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