Emancipation Proclamation and DC Emancipation Act on Display at National Archives
The DC Emancipation Act of April 16, 1862 is on display as a special exhibit to mark its anniversary at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC on April 15, 2019. President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation freeing the slaves in Washington, DC, and then on September 22, 1962 issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves in the United States on January 1, 1863. The documents can only be shown for 36 hours a year to preserve them. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
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