Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on display Sunday at the State Museum

preliminary emancipation proclamation

I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, and Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy thereof, do hereby proclaim and declare...

A manuscript copy of Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation will be on display this Sunday at the New York State Library. The rare display is part of the library's "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation" exhibit, which runs through October 14.

From the library blurb:

The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation has been part of the New York State Library's collection since 1865, when it was purchased by the New York State Legislature following the assassination of President Lincoln. The document is the manuscript copy of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation issued on September 22, 1862, declaring that all persons held as slaves within states still in rebellion against the United States on January 1, 1863 "shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free." It is written in Lincoln's handwriting with notes by Secretary of State William Seward and portions of the printed Articles of War are pasted into the document.

The document will be in the State Museum's Huxley Theater from 9:30 am - 5 pm. It's free.

(Thanks, Sarah!)

image via New York State Library

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