The Emancipation Monument, also known as Freedom’s Memorial, was dedicated in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1876. It was the idea of Charlotte Scott, a freed woman of Virginia who, upon hearing of President Abraham Lincoln’s death, contributed her first five dollars earned in freedom towards the dream of a memorial to martyred President Lincoln. The monument was paid for solely by donations from emancipated citizens and Black Union soldiers.
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“WITH FUNDS CONTRIBUTED SOLELY BY EMANCIPATED CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES DECLARED FREE BY HIS PROCLAMATION”