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Watch Nights mark Emancipation Proclamation 150th anniversary

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The first draft of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which was presented to his full cabinet on July 22, 1862, is displayed at the Library of Congress in Washington.

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National Archives visitors looking at a display of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

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The official document bears Lincoln's signature and the United States seal, setting it apart from copies and drafts. It will make a rare public appearance from Sunday to Tuesday -- New Year's Day -- for thousands of visitors to mark its anniversary.
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    • The first draft of President Abraham Lincolnís Emancipation Proclamation, which was presented to his full cabinet on July 22, 1862, is displayed at the Library of Congress in Washington.
    • National Archives visitors looking at a display of President Abraham Lincolnís Emancipation Proclamation.
    • FAssociated Press/2005   The original Emancipation Proclamation on display in the Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington. A
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