The Washington Post

Abe Lincoln library to display rare copy of his proclamati­on

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidenti­al Library and Museum in Springfiel­d, Illinois, will mark Juneteenth — the celebratio­n commemorat­ing the end of slavery in the United States — by displaying a rare signed copy of the Emancipati­on Proclamati­on.

The copy of the proclamati­on, which was signed by Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward, will be displayed from June 15 to July 6. The original document is kept in the National Archives in Washington.

Juneteenth — also known as Emancipati­on Day and Freedom Day — is June 19. On that day in 1865, enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, were freed with the arrival of federal troops. That day was more than two years after Lincoln had signed the Emancipati­on Proclamati­on during the Civil War.

Slavery was not abolished nationwide until December 6, 1865, when enough states had ratified the 13th Amendment for it to become law. Juneteenth, however, has come to symbolize the end of slavery.

 ?? ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? The Emancipati­on Proclamati­on (regarding slavery) will be shown in honor of Juneteenth in Illinois.
ASSOCIATED PRESS The Emancipati­on Proclamati­on (regarding slavery) will be shown in honor of Juneteenth in Illinois.

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