Emancipation Proclamation

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — January 24, 2012 — The Library Company of Philadelphia will honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special exhibition and a teaching symposium. The exhibition opening January 28 will chronicle the evolution of this historic document by exhibiting three stages in its development, including one rare manuscript from Abraham Lincoln's pen.

E-P.jpgOn Jan. 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation took
December 18, 2012--The Library of Congress will place on display the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, handwritten by President Abraham Lincoln, for six weeks beginning Jan. 3, 2013, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the proclamation’s signing.

The draft document -- which has not been on public view since 2007 -- will be on display from Jan. 3 through Feb. 18 in the
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