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Fairfield Museum and History Center announces Promise of Freedom. The Emancipation Proclamation

Fairfield Museum and History Center presents Promise of Freedom. The Emancipation Proclamation, an exhibition on view September 23, 2012 – February 24, 2013.

Promise of Freedom commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with an exhibition and programs that explores the American ideals of freedom and equality and how these principles have been tested over time.

The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view rare historical documents, including a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln, a copy of the 13th Amendment, rare slavery artifacts, prints and political cartoons that illuminate the public opinion of Lincoln in the 1860s, from an evil instigator to heroic savior. Discover Fairfield’s role in the history of slavery and meet former slaves and slave owners from Fairfield, soldiers who fought in the Civil War and politicians who sought to send the slaves back to Africa.

The exhibit explores the legacy of Lincoln’s Proclamation and how the boundaries of freedom continue to be debated today. This provocative history is further illuminated with an exhibit of photographs from the modern Civil Rights movement and through programs that explore topics ranging from John Brown’s raid, slavery in Connecticut, the Colored Troops and the Civil War era in America.

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