January 1, 1863:
Signing the Proclamation:
(Document) Authorized edition of the Emancipation Proclamation, Leland-Boker edition. Reproduced with the president's permission, the special edition signed by Lincoln was sold to raise money at the Philadelphia Sanitary Fair in June 1864 to benefit the U.S. Sanitary Commission's hospitals and relief efforts for Union soldiers.
(Artifact) Inkstand used by Abraham Lincoln to write the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.
(Artifact) Pen used by Abraham Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln presented this pen, through Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, to the abolitionist George Livermore in January 1863.