Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary

January 1, 2013 was another in the string of 150th anniversaries that keep rolling on (because of all the important things that happened in the 1860s), it’s the anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. In honor of the celebration, the Smithsonian Magazine brought together three items that hadn’t been together since Abraham Lincoln signed it, the ink well, pen, and an early draft. Here’s how they brought it together:


Read more about the ink well here:


Here’s the article the photo was taken for (also find it in the paper version with a full page glossy version of the photo):

Read more about the Emancipation Proclamation, and look at the actual document close up:


UPDATE: The National Archives uploaded a video that shows a the document close up, talks about its history, and storage procedures, plus the Freedom Train which I can not tell you how much I love the idea of.


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