Nashville to display an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation on its 150th anniversary

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s office announced Monday, December 12th that the Tennessee State Museum will display the treasured Emancipation Proclamation document, signed by Abraham Lincoln, during an exhibit to be hosted in 2013 at the state museum called “Discovering the Civil War“.

The rare document to be on display in Nashville will be the only site in the Southeast to host it.

When will it be on display?  It will be on display during a six day period, during planned intervals of time (to be announced) since the document can only be exposed to 72 hours of light during its visit. The treasured document rarely leaves the National Archives.

“The Emancipation Proclamation linked the preservation of American constitutional government to the end of slavery and has become one of the country’s most treasured documents. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, formally proclaiming the freedom of all slaves held in areas still in revolt,” said the Haslam-office press release.

The National Archives multimedia exhibit Discovering the Civil War, which will open at the state museum on Feb. 12, 2013 – Lincoln’s birthday – and continue through Sept. 2, 2013.

Here is a copy of the document to be displayed.

Emancipation Proclamation

 

 

 

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One thought on “Nashville to display an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation on its 150th anniversary

  1. Chuck Griffiths

    Last Summer, this was at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. The museum was open 24 hrs a day for two days and the line was never less than a few hours–ranging up to six hours, long.

    Get in early and plan accordingly! It’s worth the effort.

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