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Emancipation Proclamation headed for SoCal next month

August 20, 2008 |  1:16 pm

What_would_abraham_lincoln_think_of The five-page document, considered a linchpin in post-Civil War reunification, is headed to the Reagan Library next month, part of "Forever Free," a look at slavery and the Civil War that includes a small collection of items associated with Abraham Lincoln. Details from the Ventura County Star:

"We don't just tell the story of one man here; we tell the story of American history and the presidency, and the Reagan Library is honored to share this piece of American history," said Joanne Drake, chief of staff for the Reagan Foundation.

The exhibit will include letters and manuscripts written by Lincoln, including a California Emancipation Proclamation — printed in California in 1864 and signed by President Lincoln for commemorative purposes — one of only three known to exist, said Rob Zucca, an exhibit specialist at the Reagan Library.

Lincoln artifacts include a purple chamberpot from the White House, a hanky that Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, monogrammed for him, and a volume from his law office in Springfield, Ill. (Above is a photo of Lincoln and his son, Tad, who spend part of his youth in the White House.)

The "Forever Free" exhibit starts Friday and runs through Oct. 24. The Emancipation Proclamation, hand-signed by the president and on loan from the National Archives, will be on display from Sept. 19 through the 22nd. More details at the library's website.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Associated Press