Emancipation and Its Legacies

This exhibition examines the story of emancipation from 1850 to 1964, focusing on how, due to the persistence of African Americans, abolitionists, and politicians, the Civil War became an “abolition war”; how the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1863 and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments transformed the Constitution of the United States; and how we continue to debate the legacies of slavery and emancipation and reach for the goal of equality.

Supplementary Materials

  • Site Support Notebook
  • Educator's Guide
  • Color brochures

Logistical Information

This traveling exhibition is composed of five interlocking panels. It will require a total of 10-12 running feet of display space. The loan period for this exhibition is four weeks. Sites are required to pay a flat fee of $200, which covers shipping and administrative costs.