Emancipation Proclamation




Lipscomb Academy Students First to See Emancipation Proclamation Exhibit


Lipscomb Academy seventh graders were the first group to see the original Emancipation Proclamation document as well as the original 13th Amendment document during the seven-day exhibit in Nashville, Tenn.


The proclamation and the 13th Amendment were on display at the Tennessee State Museum. This display was the only stop in the Southeast on the 150th Anniversary tour.

7th graders at the Tennessee State Museum ready to view the  original Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment


The exhibit opened Tuesday, February 12, the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.  The Civil War era document, signed by Lincoln in 1863, was viewed for only 72 hours over a seven-day period because exposure to light can be harmful to the fragile document.


Rita Cochrane, Lipscomb Academy Seventh Grade Social Studies Teacher, first learned about the opportunity when she received an email from the Tennessee Council for Social Studies saying the proclamation would be in Nashville for a limited amount of time and due to high demand to see the document, a lottery had been set up for people to be able to view it.


Cochrane immediately responded and entered Lipscomb Academy in the lottery to view the historical document and weeks later heard back that Lipscomb had been accepted.


In preparation for the field trip, the seventh graders took part in a special presentation about the proclamation the history behind it. The class was excited to be able to observe Black History Month in this very special way.


“I thought it was so important that our students understand the implication of what the Emancipation Proclamation meant to our nation; not just for one culture, but for all people,” said Cochrane.


When the seventh grade class entered the Tennessee State Museum, they were told that of the 18,000 reservations, they were the first group to view the document in Nashville.


“At first it seemed like just an old piece of paper, but then you realize you wouldn’t be here today without it and that makes a world of difference how you view it,” said Lipscomb Academy seventh grader, Alexis Odom.