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Original Emancipation Proclamation Comes to Nashville

One of the most important documents in American history is coming to Nashville in February. As part of a traveling exhibit from the National Archives, the original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, will be on view at the Tennessee State Museum, in conjunction with the Discovering the Civil War exhibition from Washington, D.C.,'s National Archives. Nashville is the Emancipation Proclamation's only stop in the South. Visitors who want to view the famous document pay a $1 fee for a timed reservation in advance. It will be on view for 72 hours spread over seven days. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 12-15 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 16-18. After that date, a reproduction of the document will be in the exhibit. In addition to the original Emancipation Proclamation, the Washington exhibition will include two 13th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

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