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Exhibition: The First Step to Freedom- Monday, September 24, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
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.
A curriculum guide will compliment the exhibition and will be made available for download via www.schomburgcenter.org/emancipation150.
The exhibition was organized by Board of Regents, The New York State Education Department; Dr. Merryl H. Tisch, Chancellor; New York State Museum, New York State Library, New York State Archives; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and National Archives and Records Administration.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is grateful to The James S. and Merryl H. Tisch Foundation for its generous support of the anniversary celebration and exhibition-related programming.
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is one of the world's leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. A focal point of Harlem's cultural life, the Center sponsors programs and events that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture.
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