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Lincoln Cottage keeps copy of Emancipation on view

Friday - 2/1/2013, 3:05pm  ET

WASHINGTON - President Lincoln's Cottage is keeping a rare, signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation on display for two more months.

Lincoln contemplated and drafted much of the document more than 150 years ago at the cottage in Washington where he spent much of his presidency. The display was supposed to end in February but has been extended through April 30.

The historic site says the extended exhibition coincides with the 151st anniversary of Lincoln's lesser known D.C. Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862.

The cottage is the first public venue to display this document that was purchased last year by businessman David Rubenstein. Rubenstein purchased the document at auction for $2.1 million.

Lincoln signed 48 copies of the Emancipation Proclamation to be sold to fund medical care for Union soldiers.


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