See the Original Emancipation Proclamation for Free

For a very limited time, you can view the original Emancipation Proclamation at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, on loan from the National Archives.  This is a fantastic opportunity to supplement your homeschool curriculum!

It’s one of the landmarks of American history. As divisive as it was courageous, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, issued as the nation was consumed in an unthinkably violent civil war, declared that “all persons held as slaves within any State… shall be then, thenceforward and forever free.”

The original document will only be available to the public for a limited time beginning the evening of Monday, June 20. Following a short opening ceremony, the document will be on display around-the-clock, straight through early Wednesday morning, June 22, when it will return to Washington DC.

Schedule of Events

All Emancipation Proclamation programming will be held outside the Discovering the Civil War exhibit.

Monday, June 20, 2011
5:00 PM Regular daytime programming at Henry Ford Museum ends. All guests will be asked to exit.
6:00 PM Opening ceremony
Welcoming remarks by Evan Weiner, chairman of the board, and Patricia Mooradian, president, of The Henry Ford; and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith
6:50 PM Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit’s Mosaic Singers
Presented by Ford Motor Company Fund
7:00 PM Emancipation Proclamation public viewing begins
7:15 PM Proclamation reading by Patricia Mooradian, The Henry Ford
7:30 PM Jesse H. Bishop Crusaders A Cappella Choir
8:00 PM Proclamation reading by Carmen Harlan, WDIV-TV
8:05 PM Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Choir
8:30 PM – Midnight Civil War films and documentaries

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Midnight – 10:00 AM Civil War films and documentaries
10:00 AM Proclamation reading by Paula Tutman, WDIV-TV
11:00 AM Proclamation reading by Second Baptist Church of Detroit, Historical Committee
12:00 PM Proclamation reading by Kendall Hairston and Brittany Moore, Henry Ford Academy
12:05 PM BASIC Christian Singers
12:30 PM The Hamilton Family
1:00 PM Proclamation reading by Professor Marc W. Kruman, Wayne State University
2:00 PM Proclamation reading by Dr. Charles V. Willie, Harvard University
2:05 PM The Hamilton Family
3:00 PM Detroit Youth Choir
3:30 PM The Hamilton Family
4:00 PM Robert and Bernice Jones
4:30 PM North Star Gospel Chorale
5:00 PM Proclamation reading by Craig Fahle, WDET-FM
5:05 PM Y-Arts Deep River Choir
5:30 PM Robert and Bernice Jones
6:00 PM Proclamation reading by Anthony Lucas, The Henry Ford
6:05 PM North Star Gospel Chorale
6:30 PM Yulanda Burgess: “Understanding Emancipation”
7:00 PM Robert and Bernice Jones
7:30 PM North Star Gospel Chorale
8:00 PM Proclamation reading by Gary Anderson, Plowshares Theatre
8:05 PM Second Ebenezer Youth Choir
8:30 PM Second Ebenezer Church Choir
9:00 PM Temple of Faith Baptist Church Choir
9:30 PM Yulanda Burgess: “Understanding Emancipation”
10:00 PM – Midnight Civil War films and documentaries

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

6:00 AM
The queue line to view the Document CLOSES.
PLEASE NOTE: Those who wish to view the Document MUST arrive at the Museum by 6:00 AM. Personnel from the National Archives will remove the Document promptly at 7:00 AM regardless of how many guests are in line at that time. Museum personnel will do their best to accommodate everyone who is in line prior to 6:00 AM.

6:00 AM Doors to Henry Ford Museum close.
9:30 AM Henry Ford Museum re-opens for regular programming.


This event and Museum admission is free to the public from 6:00 PM June 20 through 6:00 AM June 22. *

* Regular Museum admission and a $5 parking fee applies to those who arrive prior to closing, 5 PM on Monday, June 20 or after the viewing is over, early morning Wednesday, June 22.

For more information, please visit The Henry Ford website.