Emancipation Memorial

Washington, DC

Freed black slaves raised the funds to erect this 1876 memorial, which portrays the snapping of slavery’s chains as Abraham Lincoln proffers the Emancipation Proclamation.

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1. Lincoln Park

0.03 MILES

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2. Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial

0.08 MILES

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3. The Fridge

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4. Folger Shakespeare Library

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5. Adams Building

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7. Marine Barracks

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8. Supreme Court

0.75 MILES

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