Illinois site to host Emancipation Proclamation event
December 30, 2012
LOMBARD, Ill. (AP) - Those wanting to learn more about Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation can attend a discussion at an Underground Railroad site in northern Illinois on New Year's Day.
Jan. 1 is the 150th anniversary of the document that helped free slaves.
The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/12WGIMB ) that the Lombard Historical Society's Sheldon Peck Homestead will be open from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday for a series of presentations on the proclamation.
The site was home to an abolitionist who helped slaves travel through the area.
Historical Society Director Jeanne Schultz Angel says "it's an opportunity for us to talk about the Underground Railroad activity in northern Illinois."
The Peck Homestead is the only place in the Chicago area on the Network to Freedom list of verified Underground Railroad sites.
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