This lithograph is based on a painting by Francis Bicknell Carpenter (1830-1900) depicting the moment that President Abraham Lincoln first introduced the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet, on July 22, 1862.

Depicted, left to right, are: Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase, President Lincoln, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Interior Caleb B. Smith, Secretary of State William Seward, Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, and Attorney General Edward Bates.


  • Title: First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet
  • Creator: Ritchie, Alexander Hay (1822-1895), engraver, Carpenter, Francis Bicknell (1830-1900), artist
  • Date Created: 1866
  • Rights: No known rights restrictions. Credit: Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket, 2006.013.003a-b
  • Medium: Print, Lithograph
  • Collection: Freedom Rising Civil War Collection

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