Emancipation & Its Legacies at the National Constitution Center - Philadelphia


Mar 25, 2013 to Jun 19, 2013


The National Constitution Center will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation in 2013 with the national traveling exhibition. Developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the exhibition will be on display from March 25-June 19, 2013—a date also known as Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas in 1865. It examines the story of Emancipation from 1850 to the civil rights movement,  focusing on how the Civil War became an “abolition war” due to the efforts of African Americans, abolitionists, and politicians, and exploring how the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments transformed the U.S. Constitution. 

The exhibition along with a copy of the Center’s Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln will be displayed in the Annenberg Lobby on the first floor. Members of the Center’s education staff will lead daily in-depth discussions on the document.


Free with admission, $8-$14.50


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525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA

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