Engraving, "The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet" 1866

Francis Bicknell Carpenter, Alexander Hay Ritchie1866

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

Following the American Civil War, this engraving commemorated a crucial event and became popular for classroom display across the country. On July 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln first read the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet officers. Publicly announced by Lincoln in September 1862 to become law on January 1, 1863, it was the essential first legal step in eliminating slavery.


  • Title: Engraving, "The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet" 1866
  • Creator: Carpenter, F. B. (Francis Bicknell), 1830-1900, Ritchie, Alexander Hay, 1822-1895
  • Date: 1862
  • Date Created: 1866
  • Location: United States, District of Columbia, Washington
  • Subject Keywords: White House (Washington, D.C.), United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln). Emancipation Proclamation, Prints (Visual works), Engravings (Prints), Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, Bates, Edward, 1793-1869, Blair, Montgomery, 1813-1883, Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873, Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872, Smith, Caleb Blood, 1808-1864, Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878, Antislavery movements, United States presidents, Cabinet officers, Civil wars
  • Type: Documents
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=101428
  • Object Name: Print (Visual work)
  • Object ID: 89.0.332.368
  • Image ID: THF6763
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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