Exhibition: The U.S. Constitution and the End of American Slavery

The Huntington, San Marino, California, 24 January — 20 April 2015

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is hosting an exhibition drawn from its renowned collections of American historical manuscripts and prints on the complexity of ending slavery.


Contraband refugee quarters after the surrender of Vicksburg, Miss., 1863. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

The exhibition includes manuscripts, rare books, prints, and photographs, most exhibited for the first time, among which: a 1796 letter by President George Washington discussing the fate of his runaway slave, Thomas Jefferson’s notes on amending the Constitution and a notebook from the famous abolitionist John Brown. In display are also the letters and manuscripts from The Huntington’s famous collection of Abraham Lincoln material, including copy of the 13th Amendment signed by the president.



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