Paper Banner, around 1863

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.
This paper banner celebrates the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Gift of Dr. Clara S. Ludlow, 1911
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1863
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white with black type (overall color)
overall: 6 3/4 in x 24 in; 17.145 cm x 60.96 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
African American History
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Emancipation Proclamation (2)
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
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Visitor Comments

4/16/2015 1:37:40 PM
Why didnt he "free" the enslaved Africans in states that were in the union?
4/22/2015 8:38:13 AM
National Museum of American History
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