Emanicpation Proclamation copy to be displayed Sept. 23-Feb. 24

A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln will be on display at the Fairfield Museum & History Center as part of an exhibit commemorating its 150th anniversary.

“Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation,” will be the only exhibition in nearly 300 miles to display a copy of the Lincoln-signed Emancipation Proclamation and a copy of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery. The exhibit will be open Sept. 23 through Feb. 24, 2013.

A free community opening will take place Sunday, Sept. 30 from noon to 3 p.m.

Visitors will learn the history of slavery, and how Lincoln’s declaration that “all persons held as slaves … shall be, then, thenceforward, and forever free,” started the long journey towards emancipation that eventually freed more than 4 million Americans from bondage.

Educational programs will examine contemporary scholarship on the subject of slavery and freedom from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement forward to the present day.

Photographs from the modern civil rights movement will show how the struggle for equality continued for more than 100 years after emancipation.

The Fairfield Museum & History Center is located at 370 Beach Road. Information is available at fairfieldhistory.org or 203-259-1598.

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