The ALPLM’s rare copy of the proclamation will be displayed June 15 through July 6. The museum also plans a window display on the history of slavery in America and a June 17 online discussion of Juneteenth and the Underground Railroad.
Historians will share their insights June 17 in an online discussion of the Underground Railroad and its importance in helping people escape slavery in the decades before the Civil War and the 13th Amendment. The event will include Deanda Johnson, Midwest regional manager of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom; Tim Townsend, historian at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and coordinator of the Illinois Freedom Project; and Jacob Friefeld, an ALPLM historian specializing in Midwest studies.
The ALPLM’s copy of the proclamation is one of about two dozen remaining. It is signed by both Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward. Join us as we celebrate Juneteenth with the community!