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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

01/15/2018, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Come discover all that the Indiana State Museum offers on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Admission is FREE with donation of a canned food item for Gleaners Food Bank.

Jan. 13 through 15, get the rare opportunity to see copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment, signed by Abraham Lincoln himself. Visitors will see the Senate version of the 13th Amendment, one of only three copies signed by senators as well as Lincoln. The museum's copy of the Emancipation Proclamation is one of only 48 copies signed by Lincoln and sold to benefit wounded soldiers in 1864. Only 25 copies survive today. 

These copies are among the greatest treasures in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, and are not often on display due to their delicate nature. Our curators will talk with guests about these important historical documents at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 15. 

Throughout the day on Jan. 15, many other activities will be offered as well: 

  • Create a protest poster in our Legacy Theater, then participate in a protest march throughout the Great Hall. 

  • Interact with historical figures like Madam C.J. Walker, Levi Coffin and Abraham Lincoln. 

  • Participate in a reading of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech, or watch screenings of several of his speeches. 

  • Watch “Freedom Riders,” an inspirational documentary about a courageous band of civil rights activists. 

  • Read a book in the Black History Story Corner. 

  • Hear a poem about Dr. King read by poet Rae Karim, a Gary, Indiana native. 

  • Write a thank you note to Dr. King and display it on the wall for all to read. 

  • Learn about Major Taylor, a cyclist from Indianapolis who fought for civil rights, during a talk with one of our curators.

Plus, enjoy activities throughout our galleries, including Meet a Scientist in “The Power of Poison,” fluorescing mineral demonstrations, Indiana Trivia, and more. Eskenazi Health will also be on-site to offer free health screenings, and the Indianapolis Indians will give away tickets to their opening day to those who complete the screenings. 

Enjoy lunch at the Farmers Market Cafe. The full menu will be available from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., with grab-and-go options until 5 pm.