The Emancipation Proclamation has arrived in MI

By Jeffrey Buck

If you haven’t already heard, the Emancipation Proclamation has made a stop at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. It arrived yesterday and will be open to the public to view until tomorrow at 6 a.m. Here is  more information about the event and The Henry Ford in general; one of the greatest history attractions this country has to offer.

Emancipation Proclamation
Monday, June 20 – Wednesday June 22, 2011 (Doors open at 6 p.m., Monday June 20 – Doors close at 6 a.m., Wednesday, June 22)
Henry Ford Museum

On loan from the National Archives, the original Emancipation Proclamation will be available for viewing in Henry Ford Museum for a limited time in June. Join us for this historic vigil. SPACE
It’s one of the landmarks of American history.  As divisive as it was courageous, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, issued as the nation was consumed in an unthinkably violent civil war, declared that “all persons held as slaves within any State… shall be then, thenceforward and forever free.”The original document will only be available to the public for a limited time beginning the evening of Monday, June 20.  Following a short opening ceremony, the document will be on display around-the-clock, straight through early Wednesday morning, June 22, when it will return to Washington DC. SPACE

Schedule of Events
All Emancipation Proclamation programming will be held outside the Discovering the Civil War exhibit.
Monday, June 20, 2011
5:00 PM Regular daytime programming at Henry Ford Museum ends. All guests will be asked to exit.
6:00 PM Museum doors re-open
Opening ceremony
Welcoming remarks by Evan Weiner, chairman of the board, and Patricia Mooradian, president, of The Henry Ford; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith
6:50 PM Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit’s Mosaic Singers
Presented by Ford Motor Company Fund
7:00 PM Emancipation Proclamation public viewing begins
7:15 PM Proclamation reading by Patricia Mooradian, The Henry Ford
7:30 PM Jesse H. Bishop Crusaders A Cappella Choir
8:00 PM Proclamation reading by Carmen Harlan, WDIV-TV
8:05 PM Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Choir
8:30 PM – Midnight Civil War films and documentaries SPACE
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Midnight – 10:00 AM Civil War films and documentaries
10:00 AM Proclamation reading by Paula Tutman, WDIV-TV
11:00 AM Proclamation reading by Second Baptist Church of Detroit, Historical Committee
12:00 PM Proclamation reading by Kendall Hairston and Brittany Moore, Henry Ford Academy
12:05 PM BASIC Christian Singers
12:30 PM The Hamilton Family
1:00 PM Proclamation reading by Professor Marc W. Kruman, Wayne State University
2:00 PM Proclamation reading by Dr. Charles V. Willie, Harvard University
2:05 PM The Hamilton Family
3:00 PM Proclamation reading by George Shirley, University of Michigan
3:05 PM Detroit Youth Choir
3:30 PM The Hamilton Family
4:00 PM Robert and Bernice Jones
4:30 PM North Star Gospel Chorale
5:00 PM Proclamation reading by Craig Fahle, WDET-FM
5:05 PM Y-Arts Deep River Choir
5:30 PM Robert and Bernice Jones
6:00 PM Proclamation reading by Anthony Lucas, The Henry Ford
6:05 PM North Star Gospel Chorale
6:30 PM Yulanda Burgess: “Understanding Emancipation”
7:00 PM Robert and Bernice Jones
7:30 PM North Star Gospel Chorale
8:00 PM Proclamation reading by Gary Anderson, Plowshares Theatre
8:05 PM Second Ebenezer Youth Choir
8:30 PM Second Ebenezer Church Choir
9:00 PM Temple of Faith Baptist Church Choir
9:15 PM Ms. Hall’s Kids Youth Choir
9:30 PM Yulanda Burgess: “Understanding Emancipation”
10:00 PM – Midnight Civil War films and documentaries
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
6:00 AM The queue line to view the Document CLOSES.
PLEASE NOTE: Those who wish to view the Document MUST arrive at the Museum by 6:00 AM.  Personnel from the National Archives will remove the Document promptly at 7:00 AM regardless of how many guests are in line at that time.  Museum personnel will do their best to accommodate everyone who is in line prior to 6:00 AM.
6:00 AM Doors to Henry Ford Museum close.
9:30 AM Henry Ford Museum re-opens for regular programming.

This event and Museum admission is free to the public from 6:00 PM June 20 through 6:00 AM June 22. ** Regular Museum admission and a $5 parking fee applies to those who arrive prior  to closing, 5 PM on Monday, June 20 or after the viewing is over, early morning Wednesday, June 22.

The Exhibition
The Emancipation Proclamation is brought to you as part of the Discovering the Civil War Exhibition in Henry Ford Museum, May 21 – September 5, 2011. For more information about the exhibition, click here.For information about other ways to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial at The Henry Ford, click here.

What to bring, What to wear
The exhibits of Henry Ford Museum are spread across several acres; all indoors. Comfortable clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available to rent for a fee a the IMAX and Clocktower entrances. Electric scooter supplies are limited, please arrive early if you plan to rent one. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchairs, electric scooters and children’s strollers– however, upright electric scooters (Segways) are not allowed on premises.Bring a camera; photography is allowed in most areas of the Museum. Photography is NOT ALLOWED in the Discovering the Civil War Exhibition, nor when viewing the Emancipation Proclamation Document.We hope you can make such a historic event. If you do please send us some of your favorite pictures!

About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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