Dominion of New York


September 22, 2012

Today is 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

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Written by: Kelly Virella


eptember 22, 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In celebration, Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is exhibiting President Abraham Lincoln’s only surviving handwritten copy and the final official version of it. The free exhibit continues through September 24. To register for it, visit

This video contains footage of the draft and final proclamation. And New York State — which owns the draft version of it — has posted this photo of it online. But there is no substitute for seeing this in person.

About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, left to right. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Azipaybarah