Fairfield program Sunday marks Emancipation Proclamation's anniversay
Updated 10:19 am, Friday, January 4, 2013
The program, planned at the museum at 2 p.m., is called "Let Freedom Ring! Jubilee Celebration." The event is free, and attendees can see the museum's current exhibit, "Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation."
Issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation declared that slaves in the 10 Confederate states to be free. Two years later, in January 1865, Congress approved the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery.
"Promise of Freedom" will be open at the museum through Feb. 24 and includes rare, signed copies of the proclamation and the 13th Amendment.
The exhibition also features paintings and artifacts that narrate what the museum called a "decisive moment in the quest for human freedom." Photographs from the modern civil rights movement show how the struggle for equality continued for more than 100 years after emancipation.
Lincoln's effort to win passage of the 13th Amendment is the central theme of the recently released Steven Spielberg film, "Lincoln." The museum is offering a discount to visitors who have seen "Lincoln" and bring their ticket stubs.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is at 370 Beach Road, near Town Hall Green.