The Emancipation Group
The original sculpture Freedom’s Memorial (1875) was designed by Ball in response to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 15, 1865. Ball sought to represent what many consider to be President Lincoln’s greatest achievement—Proclamation 95, more commonly referred to as the Emancipation Proclamation. His sculpture depicts Lincoln standing near a pedestal clutching what appears to be the artist’s rendering of the great document in his right hand. Below Lincoln’s outstretched left hand is a freedman gazing upward, on bended knee, still wearing the shackles from the broken chains of his former enslavement . There are at least 7 known versions with size, material and iconographic variations that were produced, in addition to the version at the Chazen Museum of Art in Wisconsin.
- Colby College Museum of Art (Bronze)
- University of Michigan Museum of Art (Bronze)
- Harvard University Library Houghton Library (Bronze)
- Montclair Art Museum (Bronze)
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Marble)
- Kemper Museum at Washington University St. Louis (Marble)
- Metheun City Hall (Marble)
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Artist: Thomas Ball (American, 1819 – 1911)
Title: Emancipation Group
Medium: White Italian marble
Dimensions: 45 1/2 x 27 9/16 x 21 1/4 in. Overall
Credit: Gift of Dr. Warren E. Gilson
Chazen Accession No.: 1976.157
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