Emancipation Proclamation - Civil Rights Anniversary

The Emancipation Proclamation was Issued 150 Years Ago, January 1863

Emancipation Proclamation graphic from Library of Congress c1896

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-DIG-pga-01200

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.

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