Emancipation Proclomation to Go on Display in Nashville

Feb 7, 2013

Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennesseans have a unique opportunity to see two of the nation’s most important documents next week.

The original copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment are touring the nation and will go on display at the Tennessee State Museum for six days beginning Tuesday.

The Museum is recommending people wanting to view the documents make reservations. Museum spokesperson Mary Skinner says that at stops in Detroit and Houston, so many people turned out to see the two documents, some had to be turned away.

“Because the Emancipation Proclomation can only be exposed to light for a limited amount of time, some people stood in line and weren’t able to see the original because the time was over before they were able to get in front of the Emancipation Proclomation.”

Skinner says the reservations only cost a dollar and can be made on the museum’s website.

The documents are part of a much larger traveling exhibition chronicling the American Civil War created by the National Archives in Washington. The wider exhibit will remain in Nashville through September.