On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, “[that] all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State…shall be then, thenceforward… forever free.”  And thus began the Emancipation Proclamation, a presidential order which freed slaves in those States that did not return to Union control.  Forever Free – Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, a new exhibition designed and staged by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, follows the story of slavery and Abraham Lincoln’s role in ending it.


Ambassador Room


Ambassador Room


Ambassador Room