"Freedom" Was Hoisted 144 Years Ago

The name of the statue is “Freedom”

On this day in 1863, the statue atop the U.S. Capitol was hoisted into place. Among the onlookers was the African-American who made it, Philip Reid. Mr. Reid had been a slave until freed by the Republican Party’s DC Emancipation Act. This law to free the 3,100 slaves in the nation’s capital was written by Senator Henry Wilson (R-MA) and signed by President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL). Every Democrat in Congress voted against it.

Grand Old Partisan has today’s forgotten story.

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