Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s office announced Monday, December 12th that the Tennessee State Museum will display the treasured Emancipation Proclamation document, signed by Abraham Lincoln, during an exhibit to be hosted in 2013 at the state museum called “Discovering the Civil War“.

The rare document to be on display in Nashville will be the only site in the Southeast to host it.

When will it be on display?  It will be on display during a six day period, during planned intervals of time (to be announced) since the document can only be exposed to 72 hours of light during its visit. The treasured document rarely leaves the National Archives.

“The Emancipation Proclamation linked the preservation of American constitutional government to the end of slavery and has become one of the country’s most treasured documents. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, formally proclaiming the freedom of all slaves held in areas still in revolt,” said the Haslam-office press release.

The National Archives multimedia exhibit Discovering the Civil War, which will open at the state museum on Feb. 12, 2013 – Lincoln’s birthday – and continue through Sept. 2, 2013.

Here is a copy of the document to be displayed.

Emancipation Proclamation