Emancipation Proclamation

Past Exhibit

February 16 – May 14, 2018

From the Vaults: A Rare Edition of the Emancipation Proclamation
Get an exclusive look into our collections as we display a rare 1864 commemorative copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln.

Late in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln warned the Confederate states: cease your rebellion by January 1, 1863, or all slaves would be freed. On January 1, 1863, as the country entered its third year of the civil war, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all people held as slaves.

“We are excited to share this beautifully calligraphed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln with the public,” said Dr. William Estrada, NHMLA Curator of California and American History and Chair of the History Department. “Visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to take in the historic moment reflected by the document and Lincoln’s words.”

Free with Museum Admission and free for Members.