RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Visitors to the North Carolina Museum of History have a chance to see one of the most significant documents in United States history.
The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is on display at the museum in Raleigh through June 16. President Lincoln orders in the proclamation that in 100 days, the federal government will free all slaves in states rebelling against the Union.
Lincoln issued the document on Sept. 22, 1862, after the Union victory at Antietam. The proclamation formally alerted the Confederacy of Lincoln's intention.
On Jan. 1, 1863, with the Confederacy still rebelling against the Union, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation.
This seven-page document is on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Admission is free.