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Emancipation Proclamation Drafts Handwritten By Lincoln On Display In Harlem

09/23/2012 11:33 am ET

HARLEM -- Looking at two drafts of the Emancipation Proclamation on display at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Friday, high school students Asiah Thomas, 16, and Mecca Jabar, 15, were both struck by how short the four-page document was that freed more than 3 million slaves.

"It"s really important for African Americans because it's our heritage. It's what our families went through," said Thomas, a junior at Thurgood Marshall Academy.

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