On Friday, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in conjunction with the African American History and Culture Museum, will open a new exhibit that tells the story of civil rights in America through significant objects, such as Lincoln's top hat, Harriet Tubman's shawl, and a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation that Union soldiers distributed to blacks during the Civil War.

On Friday, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in conjunction with the African American History and Culture Museum, will open a new exhibit that tells the story of civil rights in America through significant objects, such as Lincoln's top hat, Harriet Tubman's shawl, and a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation that Union soldiers distributed to blacks during the Civil War.