Exhibition on the Edge: The First Step To Freedom

Draft of page 1 of Abraham Lincoln’s “Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation” September 22, 1962, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
 
Taking place at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,”The First Step To Freedom” was a moving and teaching testament to the journey of freedom for people of African descent in the United States of America. With information columns throughout Exhibition Hall, the special exhibition celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in its Preliminary form by President Abraham Lincoln, In addition to viewing the preliminary draft from September 22, 1862, viewers could see the official preliminary draft and parts of the speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the New York Civil War Centennial Commission’s Emancipation Proclamation Observance, New York City, September 12, 1962. All present a living testimony to the sacrifice and legacy of the fight for freedom of people of African descent in the United States of America.
Excerpts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speech at the New York Civil War Centennial Commission’s Emancipation Proclamation Observance, New York City, September 12, 1962, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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