150 Years of the Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation of some enslaved African Americans in the South became official on January 1, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves in areas of armed rebellion against the U.S. government, including North Carolina.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of this momentous occasion, the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has teamed up with a number of partners to offer a tour of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which began at the N.C. Museum of History between May 15 and June 16. 

The exhibit will now travel to the Museum of the Cape Fear for display and will visit several historic sites, museums and other institutions through 2015. A schedule through the end of 2013 appears below. Click on the venue name for a map and to get directions.

Venues for Early 2014

Date Venue
January 6 to February 1 Park Place / YMI
February 10 to March 8 Mountain Gateway Museum
March 24 to April 19 Historic Halifax


The department has also collected a number of resources related to Proclamation and its impact on our country's history. Use the "Quick Links" to the right to begin to explore them!