Topeka Marks Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ An Abraham Lincoln re-enactor will help the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The free event takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Topeka site that tells the story of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared segregated schools unconstitutional.

Portraying Lincoln will be Richard Klein of Springfield, Ill. He traveled Lincoln's famous 12-day inaugural journey during a National Park Service sponsored tour in February 2011.

Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862, after the Battle of Antietam. In it, he announced that if rebel states did not cease fighting and rejoin the Union by Jan. 1, 1863, all slaves in rebellious states or parts of states would be declared free from that date forward.