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New York History
Fri February 15, 2013
Emancipation Proclamation on display in Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is on display in Albany, wrapping up the historic document's tour of New York state.
The two-day exhibit opened Friday in the War Room on the second floor of the state Capitol. It features the only surviving version of the document in Lincoln's handwriting. The display also includes historical background and interpretation of the document, which was issued by Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862.
The final Emancipation Proclamation was issued and took effect on Jan. 1, 1863.
New York marked last fall's 150th anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation by sending the document on a state-wide tour that included stops in Manhattan, Syracuse, Buffalo, Long Island, Plattsburgh, Rochester, Binghamton and Albany.
The document is owned by New York state.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.