US Archives to Display Emancipation Proclamation

WASHINGTON - MAY 20:  African American Civil War Museum founder and Executive Director Dr. Frank Smith, Jr., (L) and Kevin Douglass-Green, great-great-grandson of Fredrick Douglass, position an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln during its unveiling ceremony at the African American Civil War Memorial Museum May 20, 2005 in Washington, DC. The document, one of 48 copies signed by Lincoln on January 1, 1863, is privately owned and was unveiled for the public as part of the museum's Founders Day Celebration.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

US Archives to Display Emancipation Proclamation

The National Archives is placing the original Emancipation Proclamation on display in Washington to mark Black History Month.

Published February 6, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives is placing the original Emancipation Proclamation on display in Washington to mark Black History Month.

The special display will run from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17. The document will be shown in the archives' new "Records of Rights" permanent exhibit about the evolution of rights and freedoms from the nation's founding.

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War in 1863 to proclaim that freedom of all slaves held in the South. The proclamation also was an invitation for black men to join the Union Army and Navy, and it made slavery a top wartime issue.

The original document is displayed for only a limited time each year because of its fragile condition.


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(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Written by The Associated Press

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