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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One of the 48 copies of the Emancipation Proclamation is here in the Piedmont area. It’s being featured at the Greensboro Historical Museum.

The document will be open to the public from March 28 through April 26. Admission is free. People in the area will have a chance to view a document that had a huge impact on race relations in this country.

The document was signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Lincoln signed the declaration during the Civil War. This executive order declared all persons held as slaves “shall be … forever free.”

The document legally abolished slavery, although for some areas throughout the country it would take years to enforce.

The impacts of the document can be seen in the Triad. After the document was signed, Greensboro’s first official African American community was organized. In 1866, Yardley Warner, a Quaker, purchased the land known as Warnersville to give minorities a place to live, create businesses and build places of worship.