First Step to Freedom: The 150th Anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

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The National Archives holds in trust for the American people the official copies of both the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and the Emancipation Proclamation itself, signed just 100 days apart.  These official documents represent the transformation of intent into action.Only after President Abraham Lincoln's handwritten draft was transcribed, affixed with the Seal of the United States and signed by the President did they carry the force of the law. In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation signed on Sept.22, this document will be on exhibit at the Schomburg Center for Sept 21-Sept 24. For hours and directions visit:
Friday, September 21, 2012 - 9:00am to Monday, September 24, 2012 - 5:00pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York NY
National Archives at New York City