Photo of the Week - 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

At this year's California State Fair, a civic education and public outreach program celebrates and details the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address -- and many other moments in California's history.

by / July 16, 2013
The exhibit at the California State Fair includes excerpts from the Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, as well as various historic happenings over the last 150 years. Jessica Mulholland

In addition to filling up on corn dogs and fried Twinkies, visitors to the California State Fair this year can learn about the history of civil rights in the Golden State. The California Court of Appeal's Third Appellate District is hosting an exhibit that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg address by tracing significant moments in national and California civil rights law.

The exhibit traces the evolution of civil rights from California's 1850 Declaration of Rights, to cases that opened all of the state's schools to minority students in the 1940s, to civil rights rulings in the 1960s that opened city-owned golf courses to African Americans. These developments are juxtaposed with key national civil rights advancements.

To see more about the freedom to learn, the freedom of choice in housing, the freedom to play and much more, take a look at the timeline that's on display at the California State Fair from July 12 through July 28, shown below (click image to enlarge).