Exhibit at State Library gets a jump on Juneteenth holiday

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 7, 2012 - 10:03 am

Juneteenth will be celebrated June 19, but the California State Library is getting a jump on the holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the freeing of the last slaves in America, on June 19, 1865 – 21/2 years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation became official.

The library's Juneteenth National Freedom Day Exhibit 2012 features "historical items that document the African American experience," taken from the library's collection. Among them are:

• The first California printing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

• A copy of the 13th Amendment, which forbids slavery and involuntary servitude.

• Rare books on slavery and the abolitionist movement.

• A transcript of the 1839 Amistad slavery trial.

• Art by African American illustrator Grafton Tyler Brown.

The exhibit is on display through July 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 900 N St., Sacramento.

More information: www.library.ca.gov.

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