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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is going to be on display at the N.C. Museum of History this spring.

Officials from the museum and N.C. Freedom Monument Park are scheduled to hold a news conference Friday about the seven-page document, which will be on display in Raleigh from May 15 through June 16.

President Lincoln signed the document Sept. 22, 1862. It was only after the handwritten draft was transcribed, affixed with the Seal of the United States and signed by him that the proclamation carried the force of law.

The document will be on loan from the National Archives.

The monument park in Raleigh is scheduled for completion by 2017. It's designed to honor the African-American experience and affirm the struggle for freedom.

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