Students seize opportunity to view the Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation is drawing thousands of students from across the Southeast to the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville where the document, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, is on display through Monday. Six Tennessee students won an essay contest to be at the front of the line, among them, Santeria Pratt, 13, of Memphis. Her winning essay was written as a letter to a 19th century slave, and read, in part, "In the future, the hope of your people brought the word 'freedom' a long way. People like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks showed confidence, and fought for our rights."

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Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model), The · Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.)

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