Museum marks Emancipation Proclamation anniversary

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Historical Museum is holding an event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in the city.

The Detroit Historical Society's Black Historic Sites Committee is holding the hour-long program twice on Sunday afternoon.

The Emancipation Proclamation was first read in Detroit in 1863 at Second Baptist Church. Sunday's event includes readings of the proclamation by local ministers, including Second Baptist's Rev. Dr. Kevin Turman.

The event also includes tours of the new "Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad" exhibition.

President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. The proclamation declared that all slaves in the states in rebellion were "forever free."

Afterward, congregations listened as the president's historic words were read aloud.

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Detroit Historical Society: http://detroithistorical.org/

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