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Freedmen's Memorial Monument

  • Address:
    E Capitol St SE & 11th St SE
    Washington, DC 20003
  • Phone:
    (202) 690-5185
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Freed slave Charlotte Scott, of Virginia, used her first $5 earned in freedom to start a fund for the creation of the Freedman’s Memorial, honoring Lincoln in his role as the “Great Emancipator.” Black veterans contributed significantly to the cause. The monument depicts Lincoln symbolically cutting the chains and freeing the slaves. The model for the statue was believed to be Alexander Archer, the last person captured under the Fugitive Slave Act. The memorial was unveiled 11 years after Lincoln’s death. It is located approximately five miles from the Lincoln Memorial, not coincidentally in Lincoln Park.