"First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln," by Fancis Bickness Carpenter (1830-1900) is shown here.

150 Years After The Emancipation Declaration: Has The Promise Of Equality For All Been Met Yet?

(MintPress) – “… That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; […]