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President Lincoln's Cottage Displays Emancipation Proclamation

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President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldier's Home in northwest Washington is keeping a rare, signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation on display for two more months.

Lincoln contemplated and drafted much of the Emancipation Proclamation more than 150 years ago at the cottage where he spent much of his presidency. The display was supposed to end in February, but has been extended through April 30.

The historic site says the extended exhibition coincides with the 151st anniversary of the lesser-known D.C. Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862.

The cottage is the first public venue to display this document that was purchased last year by businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein. He purchased the document at auction for $2.1 million. Lincoln signed 48 copies of the Emancipation Proclamation that were sold to help pay for medical care for Union soldiers.

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