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Stamp marks 150th anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation

Friday, January 4, 2013 - 12:29 pm

To coincide with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Postal Service issued a limited-edition Forever Stamp on Jan. 1 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., which houses the historic document.

The 45-cent stamp prominently features the phrase, “Henceforward Shall Be Free,” a quote from the historic document, which declared that all slaves in the rebel states were free. It also notes Lincoln's name and the year the document was signed.

It is the first in a series of three Civil Rights stamps to be released in 2013. The others feature Rosa Parks and the March on Washington.

The stamp went on sale Wednesday at post offices nationwide, and can be purchased at www.usps.com/stamps or by phone at 1-800-Stamp24 (1-800-782-6724).