History
10:44 am
Sun June 19, 2011

A rare event: Emancipation Proclamation on round-the-clock display

 

DETROIT -- (AP)  A Michigan museum is going to display the
original Emancipation Proclamation around the clock over a
three-day period at no cost.

     The Henry Ford Museum says it marks the first time the historic
document will visit the state since 1948. It'll be shown from
Monday evening through Wednesday morning.

     The Emancipation Proclamation declared all slaves "forever
free" and invited black men to join the Union Army and Navy.

     It will be displayed at the Dearborn museum as part of its
ongoing "Discovering the Civil War" exhibit.

    Doors are to open to the public at 6 p.m. on Monday, and an
opening ceremony is set for 6:45 p.m. Viewing of the Emancipation
begins at 7 p.m., and the museum will remain open until 6 a.m. on
Wednesday.