The Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation proclamation

On January 2, 2013, the Postal Service released the Emancipation Proclamation stamp. The new issue celebrates the 150th anniversary of the signing of the historic order by President Abraham Lincoln.

The Proclamation was issued during the Civil War on January 1, 1863 to free slaves located in 10 states engaged in rebellion against the authority of the United States. This was made possible without congressional approval based on President Lincoln’s power as Commander-in-Chief during an armed rebellion.

The stamp is available at Post Offices nationwide, online at, and by phone at 800-Stamp24.

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