Our press preview for the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation was packed!The document will be displayed for just three days, from December 30, 2012, to January 1, 2013. Because of its fragile condition, it can only be displayed for a limited amount of time.Learn more about the Emancipation Proclamation and the special festivities for the 150th anniversary: www.EP150.comImage 1: The Preservation Lab was packed with press and their cameras. No flash or extra light was allowed because of the fragile condition of the document.Image 2: Reginald Washington, archivist at the National Archives, talks about the creation and meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation. The documents are on the table to his right, with protective covers over them.Image 3: The press is allowed right up to the table where the documents are on display. Conservation staff watch carefully!Image 4: Pages 2 and 5 are the originals. Pages 1,3, and 4 are facsimiles and are clearly marked. We have facsimiles on display because the original Emancipation Proclamation was printed on two sides.Image 5: Riley Temple, historian and board member of Foundation for the National Archives; David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States; A’Lelia Bundles,chair and president of the Foundation for the National Archives; Reginald Washington, archivist at the National Archives.David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States; A’Lelia Bundles, Reginald Washington, archivist at the National Archives.
The Huttner Abolitionist and Anti-Slavery Collection at Special Collections has some great primary resources on the Emancipation Proclamation. We’ll be putting together an Emancipation Proclamation exhibit in January.