Emancipation Desk Ornament
“…shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” – Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation
While staying at the Cottage at the Soldier’s Home, Lincoln worked at a simple wooden desk which has since become known as the Emancipation Desk. The President’s valet and friend William Slade, a free African-American man, would collect the small papers covered with Lincoln’s scribbled notations and place them in the desk for safekeeping. Situated near the window looking out over the Capitol building, the desk served as a refuge and a repository for Lincoln’s brave ideas as he developed the Emancipation Proclamation.
1″ thick (without desk door open)
1.5″ thick (with desk door open)
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