State Museum holds lottery for Emancipation Proclamation

Tennessee State Museum holds lottery for Emancipation Proclamation

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NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee State Museum is holding a lottery drawing for schools that want to bring their students to see the original Emancipation Proclamation during a rare visit to the state next year.

The document is rarely exhibited because of sensitivity to light, but it will be on display in the state museum for seven days in February.

The museum is reserving some of the viewing time for public and private school groups, but due to the huge interest, museum officials will hold a lottery to allocate the limited visiting times.

Teachers can sign up online at, and entries for the lottery will close on Nov. 27.

A replica of the Emancipation Proclamation will be on display after the original document returns to the National Archives.

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