Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States

We present here from the museum's collection this handcolored print from Harpers Weekly (January 1863). President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 declared an end to slavery. However, slavery was still legal and practiced in several states until December 6, 1865, when ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished chattel slavery nationwide.

This print is a gift to the museum from Darlene K. Morris in honor of the Hackenbergers and Heimbaughs.