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National Archives to Display Original Emancipation Proclamation for 150th Anniversary

By November 28, 2012

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Here's a great way to start off the new year, honoring an important part of America's history. The National Archives will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a free special display of the original document and some special activities from December 30, 2012 through January 1, 2013. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War, formally proclaiming the freedom of all slaves. The original document is displayed only for a limited time each year because of its fragility, which can be made worse by exposure to light, and the need to preserve it for future generations.

Viewing Schedule
Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Monday, December 31, 2012 - 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Watch Night Festivities
December 31, 2012
11:30 p.m. - Performance by Washington Revels Heritage Voices
Midnight - Bell ringing by Harriet Tubman, portrayed by historical re-enactor

Emancipation Proclamation Reading
January 1, 2013, 9 a.m.
The first 100 guests in line at the main entrance at Constitution and 9th Street, NW, by 8:15 a.m. are invited to experience the dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, musician, song talker, and scholar.

Family Day Programming
January 1, 2013, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
In addition to hands-on family activities, storyteller Bill Grimmest portrays Frederick Douglass in "Tales of My Friend Mr. Lincoln," and historical re-enactors will portray Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln and Rosa Parks.

The National Archives and Records Administration is located at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington, DC, between 7th and 9th Streets.

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