WASHINGTON (CNN) – Today marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In honor of the anniversary, the U.S. Postal Service has unveiled its new stamp commemorating the document.
It was unveiled at an event at the National Archives in Washington today.
It features some famous words from the document.
The proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on January first, 1863, was issued nearly two years into the Civil War. It declared that all slaves in the rebel states of the Confederacy “are, and henceforward shall be free.” In addition, the document authorized the recruitment of black soldiers into the Union army.
The new stamp is being issued as a forever stamp.