Today in Black History: July 22, 1861

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President Abraham Lincoln first read the draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to the cabinet on July 22, 1861. The finalized document was issued on January 1, 1863, by President Lincoln. Emancipation Proclamation declared the end of the Civil War and the freedom of slaves.

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For more information on the Emancipation Proclamation visit here!

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