Friday, September 21st-Monday, September 24th: ‘The First Step to Freedom’ Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Schomburg Center will house a four-day exhibition that will present Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten draft of the Preliminary Emancipation as well as The Official Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation from the National Archives. The exhibition will also present pre-and-post-Civil War era Photographs of enslaved and freed black women, men and children drawn from the Schomburg’s collection produced between the years 1850 to 2010. Additionally, the Centennial Address, written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and given during the 100th Anniversary of the Issuance of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1962 in New York City, will also be included in this exhibition.

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