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State museum to display Emancipation Proclamation

December 13th, 2011 6:43 am by Staff Report

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Museum plans to put the Emancipation Proclamation on display in 2013.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that the document signed by President Abraham Lincoln will be available for viewing during a six-day period, though exact dates are not yet set.

Haslam called it "an incredible honor" for Tennessee to host the original document issued by Lincoln in 1863. The order freed all slaves in the Confederacy.

The display will be part of a six-month exhibit about the Civil War that will open at the state museum in Nashville on Feb. 12, which is also Lincoln's birthday.

The State Museum is paying $450,000 to bring the document to Tennessee. Officials plan to raise additional money from private donations to cover marketing and educational costs.

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