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'Freedom for All' exhibit goes to NC plantation

By: The Associated Press
July 28, 2014 Updated: July 28, 2014 at 5:01 am
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CRESWELL, N.C. (AP) — A traveling exhibit about the Emancipation Proclamation is being displayed at a North Carolina plantation that relied on slave labor.

The "Freedom for All" exhibit goes on display Monday at Somerset Place State Historic Site in Creswell as part of a tour of state history museums, historic sites and libraries. The tour is part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the proclamation in 1863.

More than 850 slaves worked at Somerset Plantation between 1785 and 1865. Without slave labor, the plantation was no longer successful, and the Collins family sold it at auction in 1867.

The exhibit of illustrated informational panels outlines the struggle for freedom by slaves in North Carolina and the nation. It will be on display at Somerset through Aug. 23.

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