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Afro-Nut With Lincoln

Afro-Nut is my 13th Amendment painting.

Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was a war measure intended to hurt the Confederacy, and applied only to the Southern states. Lincoln himself had a low opinion of black people, but he realized he could not win the Civil War unless he had the help of the slaves.

Although the Proclamation initially freed only the slaves in the rebellious states, by the end of the war the Proclamation had influenced and prepared citizens to advocate and accept abolition for all slaves in both the North and South. The 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States, was passed on December 6th, 1865.  The 13th Amendment made it possible for a few black people to become upwardly mobile. Of course, history has made slow progress, and now once again, we are reminded that in our present time, there is still a long way to go towards full emancipation – physical and spiritual.

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Afro-Nut with Lincoln [1995]
oil on canvas, 10″ x 14″
Available for sale