Commemorative Print of the Emancipation Proclamation, 1864

In the summer of 1862, Lincoln drafted an executive order on slavery. Published in September, it declared that, as of January 1, 1863, all persons held in slavery in areas still in rebellion would be “then, thenceforward, and forever free.” Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not directly free any enslaved people in Union-controlled areas, it was widely understood that a Union victory would mean the end of slavery.
Publishers throughout the North printed decorative copies of the Emancipation Proclamation after its enactment. R. A. Dimmick published this engraving in 1864.
Gift of Ralph E. Becker, 1959
Currently not on view
Object Name
broadside, illuminated
date made
associated date
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
R. A. Dimmick
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white with black type; yellow; blue; red; green (overall color)
overall: 22 in x 16 in; 55.88 cm x 40.64 cm
mat: 26 1/4 in x 20 1/2 in; 66.675 cm x 52.07 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
African American
Emancipation Proclamation (2)
Emancipation Proclamation (1)
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Reform Movements Collection
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Ralph E. Becker
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

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