Press preview for “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963”
Thursday, December 13, 2012 – 9:30am – 12:00pm
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.
Use the National Mall entrance along Madison Drive N.W.
9:30 a.m. – noon: Gallery open house
10 a.m.: Curators available for interviews
In 2013, the nation will commemorate two events that changed the course of the nation: The 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington. These events were the culmination of decades of struggles by individuals—both famous and unknown—who believed in the American promise that this nation was dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” Separated by 100 years, they are linked together in a larger story of freedom and the American experience.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History are working together to create an exhibition that re-examines these two pivotal events and their larger relevance for all Americans today. The exhibition features historic and modern photographs and items ranging from Harriet Tubman’s shawl to a portable version of the Emancipation Proclamation—one created for Union soldiers to read to and distribute among African Americans. The exhibition will be on view from Dec. 14 through Sept. 15, 2013, in the NMAAHC Gallery at the National Museum of American History.
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