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Emancipation Memorial (Bethesda, Maryland)


The Emancipation Memorial was erected in 1876 in Lincoln Park, Washington D.C. It depicts President Lincoln in the act of emancipating an enslaved African American who is shown half kneeling at his feet. The design, by sculptor Thomas Ball, makes a stark visual hierarchy between these two men and has been criticised for its racism. The future of this memorial, and other copies of it, in public space is uncertain.

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