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The Emancipation Proclamation was Issued 150 Years Ago, January 1863
Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Read a full transcript of the document here.
"The original of the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, is in the National Archives in Washington, DC. With the text covering five pages the document was originally tied with narrow red and blue ribbons, which were attached to the signature page by a wafered impression of the seal of the United States. Most of the ribbon remains; parts of the seal are still decipherable, but other parts have worn off." - National Archives and Records Administration
Pictured above is the first page of the proclamation.
Links to Resources about the Emancipation Proclamation
- Emancipation Proclamation primary documents - Library of Congress
- Emancipation Proclamation exhibition items from the Library of Congress
- Tweeting the Civil War beginning with the Emancipation Proclamation - Minnesota Historical Society
- Governor Dayton's Proclamation for Emancipation Proclamation Remembrance Day (PDF)
- Presidential Proclamation - 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation