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Special Event  |  Welcoming Remarks for The First Step to Freedoom: Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

Exhibition is on view October 5-6, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012, 9:30–10 am

Reception Area  

The Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State is proud to be the Buffalo location for the traveling exhibition of Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on Friday and Saturday, October 5 & 6.

Please join us for opening remarks on Friday, October 5 at 9:30 am.

The exhibition, The First Step to Freedom, marks the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The exhibition offers an unprecedented display of the only surviving version of the document in Lincoln’s handwriting as well as the manuscript of a speech written and delivered in New York City in September 1962 by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Proclamation’s centennial.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

The New York State Museum, a division of the New York State Education Department, has organized the exhibition which will travel to eight locations in New York State, including the Burchfield Penney.

Learn more about the exhibition at or