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Black History Month (February)

Signing the Proclamation

The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet. Painted by F.B. Carpenter ; engraved by A.H. Ritchie, c1866.

 

The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet.
Painted by F.B. Carpenter ; engraved by A.H. Ritchie, c1866.
(Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-2070 DLC)

Emancipation Proclamation

President Abraham Lincoln, years into the bloody Civil War, issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The proclamation granted freedom to slaves in the rebellious Confederate states.

Resources on the Emancipation Proclamation

1st Page of the Original Document

First Page of Proclamation