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Last Hours To View Emancipation Proclamation In Dearborn

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Line to view the Emancipation Proclamation. (WWJ: Pat Sweeting)

Line to view the Emancipation Proclamation. (WWJ: Pat Sweeting)

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DEARBORN (WWJ) – The Emancipation Proclamation, a document that changed the course of American History. And, it’s on display….at least for a few more hours, at the
Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

Wendy Metros is with The Henry Ford, she says they set some goals before they arranged to get the exhibit here.

“One of the things we wanted to do when we decided to post this document was that we didn’t want to put limitations on it, and we had it through the National Archives for a 36-hour period, so we knew we wanted to stay open around the clock and waive admission, so we could offer it up to the masses,” said Metros.

Metros says some visitors have waited up to six hours to see document.  More than 15,000 guests have turned out so far, to see the document.

Metros wants everyone to know, the doors will close at six o’clock Wednesday morning….because the historic document leaves at seven o’clock to head back home.

She says it’s been a monumental and emotional event for the people who came to see it:

“It’s powerful, so many people, so many generations are here it’s been and families, a lot of kids a lot of parents are feeling that this document is something they need their kids to see, and obviously we agree” said Metros.

The display of the Emancipation Proclamation will remain at the Henry Ford Museum until six o’clock Wednesday morning. An hour later, it will be packed up and shipped back to the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

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