Emancipation and Discovering the Civil War...

On Tuesday I had an opportunity to visit the National Archives' traveling exhibit, Discovering the Civil War, at the Tennessee State Museum. This is an event that I have eagerly anticipated since December. The featured items on display during my visit were the original Emancipation Proclamation and Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Words and pictures cannot adequately describe the impressive nature of this exhibit, but here's a taste of what you will see on display posted on my Flickr site...

Click the image above to view the Flickr slide show of my visit to the "Discovering the Civil War" exhibit.


The Tennessee State Museum will be the only stop in the Southeast of this unprecedented tour and display of the Emancipation Proclamation. If you are in the Nashville area I would highly encourage you to visit this extraordinary exhibit.

While the Emancipation Proclamation will be on public display for a limited time only, the rest of the Discovering the Civil War exhibit will be available for viewing through September 1, 2013. There was so much to take in during my first visit, so I am definitely making plans to make a return trip to see more.


Gordon Belt is the Director of Public Services for the Tennessee State Library & Archives, and past president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists. On The Posterity Project, Gordon blogs about archives, local history, genealogy, and social media advocacy for archives and cultural heritage organizations. His ongoing research project, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, examines the life of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, through the lens of history and memory.

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