Lincoln’s Emancipation, King’s speech brought to PSUC for display
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2012 20:10
Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, along with a centennial speech by Martin Luther King Jr., will be on display in Burke Gallery.
From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, both documents will be in a rare public exhibit in the Meyers Fine Arts building and everyone is welcome to attend for free.
“The Emancipation Proclamation was an important move toward equal society, equal opportunity, and equal application of the law,” James Lindgren, a history professor who plans to attend, said.
As stated in the invitation given by the Director of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, Cecilia Esposito, the actual draft document will be on display along with the Emancipation Proclamation Centennial Commemoration Speech by Martin Luther King Jr.
Also, in the invitation was a short description of the document. On Sept. 22, 1862, Lincoln read the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet and told them he would accept minor changes in wording. Secretary of State William Seward, a lifelong abolitionist, wrote in some revisions, but the document itself is entirely in Lincoln’s hand.
Lindgren said bringing these historical documents to campus will be an important educational opportunity.
“Education is the way to “I think it’s a wonderful idea to bring it (the document) to campus,” Michelle Ouellette, director of public relations and publications, said. The exhibit is scheduled for display during Alumni Weekend, which Joanne Nelson, Director of Alumni Relations, believes will appeal to a wide variety of alumni, especially local alumni, to come and visit. “It’s an excellent opportunity for alumni to continue their learning,” Nelson said. “Anything to raise historical consciousness is great.” Lindgren also added. Wendy Gordon, a history professor, explained that it’s not only a good idea to bring the exhibit to campus for the historical benefits, but to give Plattsburgh State Art Museum the opportunity to showcase it. “The document does not show around too many places around the country and it highlights our museum program,” Gordan said. Gordon is also planning to attend and is encouraging her students to as well.
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