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150th Anniversary of the EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION at the National Archives

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700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
National Archives and Records Administration

The original document is on display for a limited time. The commemoration will include extended viewing hours, inspirational music, a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, and family activities and entertainment for all ages.

EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION VIEWING -  3  days only:  Sunday, December 30, 2012, 10am to 5pm.  Monday, December 31st, 2012, 10am to 1am (extended hours); and Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 10am to 5pm.  

Sunday, December 30th, Noon at the  William G. McGowan Theater -  Film: A Fatal Contradiction and A War to End Slavery   (2003; 60 minutes)

Monday, December 31st, Noon at the William G. McGowan Theater - Film:  Underground Railroad: The William Still Story  (2012; 60 minutes)

Monday, December 31st,  5:30pm to 1am at the Rotunda -   Inspirational musical performances during extended viewing. Ceremonial bell riniging at midnight by historical re-enactor portraying Harriet Tubman, and a performance by the Washington Revels Heritage Voices.

Tuesday, January 1st, 9am at the Rotunda and East Rotunda Gallery -  Dramatic reading of Emancipation Proclamation by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, followed by a performance by the Washington Revels Heritage Voices.  First 100 guest in line by 8:15am may enter building for the opening ceremony. Family activities, historical re-enactors, and storytelling follow for all guests.

Tuesday, January 1st, Noon at the William G. McGowan Theater  -  Film:  Unchained Memories  (2003; 75 minutes)