The Final Emancipation Proclamation (issued January 1, 1863)

On January 1, 1863, with the Confederacy was still in full rebellion, Lincoln issued his final Emancipation Proclamation.

The Chicago Historical Society acquired the manuscript copy of this document. Unfortunately, it was lost when the Society's building was burned during the great Chicago fire of 1871. However, the New York State Library's collection includes 19th-century photographs of the manuscript of the final Emancipation Proclamation.

Photos of the Manuscript of the Final Emancipation Proclamation


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Transcription of the Final Emancipation Proclamation

Last Updated: September 13, 2012