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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- In honor of Black History Month, The National Archives will display the original Emancipation Proclamation from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 through 17th.

The display will be in the new David M. Rubenstein "Records of Rights" permanent exhibit in the National Archives Building on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. Entry to the display will be free.

According to officials, "The Emancipation Proclamation is displayed only for a limited time each year because of its fragility, which can be made worse by exposure to light, and the need to preserve it for future generations."

The National Archives has other exhibits and programs for Black History month as well. Check out the Calendar of Events here: http://www.archives.gov/calendar.