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white house art > "watch meeting (1863)" by william tolman carlton, 1816-1888
Carlton shows a group of slaves on the eve of January 1, 1863, moments before the Emancipation Proclamation would take effect. This order by the commander in chief freed enslaved persons living in states that were in rebellion. Eyes focus on a pocket watch, awaiting midnight.
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