Influencing Lincoln

The Pursuit of Black Freedom

Discover how the 19th-century Black community — connected through church, business, family, military, education and politics — fought for full citizenship and helped shift President Lincoln’s attitudes (and actions) regarding freedom. With priceless artifacts and a trove of historic documents (like the *Emancipation Proclamation!), you’ll experience another side of the story that led to the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. Don’t miss this powerful exhibit shedding new light on the struggle for Black freedom during and after the Civil War and see how the Black community helped pave their own path to freedom.

March 18 through October 29, 2023

This experience is located on Level Three and is included with purchase of museum admission.

Purchase admission
*On display March 18-April 16; June 14-July 2; Juneteenth (June 17); Sept. 20-Oct. 29