The Emancipation Proclamation

There are few documents in American history that have had a more profound impact on the U.S. Constitution and “We the People” than the Emancipation Proclamation. Issued 150 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation declared that slaves in rebellious states were “then, thenceforward, and forever free.” Only 25 of the original 48 printed copies signed by President Lincoln remain in existence today—one of which is now on view to for a limited time in a special exhibition at the National Constitution Center.

The loan of the Emancipation Proclamation was facilitated by Lincoln Financial, in partnership with the Indiana State Museum Historic Sites.

On Display: Thursday, July 25 – Sunday, September 22, 2013, Posterity Hall
Exhibition Admission: FREE with museum admission