13th Amendment on Display at the Virginia Historical Society
An original copy of the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery will make its first Virginia visit this weekend, April 14 and 15, as part of Richmond's Civil War and Emancipation Day activities. The Virginia Historical Society, in partnership with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, will exhibit a rare copy of the 13th Amendment. The document is signed by President Abraham Lincoln, 37 senators, and 111 congressmen. It will be on display Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. The 13th Amendment freed slaves throughout the nation and was adopted by the Senate on April 8, 1864 and by the House on January 31, 1865. Lincoln approved the resolution to submit it to the states on February 1, the date beside his signature on the document. For more information, call 804-788-6479, or visit http://www.civilwar.emancipationday.net/. The many Civil War and Emancipation Day events are organized by The Future of Richmond's Past, a collaborative effort of Richmond's historical groups, museums, educational institutions, and tourism organizations. Maury Place at Monument is a short walk from the Virginia Historical Society.