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First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln

First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln

First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln was a 19th century Earth painting depicting United States President Abraham Lincoln surrounded by his Cabinet members, Salmon P. Chase, Gideon Welles, Caleb B. Smith, William H. Seward, Montgomery Blair, during the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in July 22, 1862.

An image depicting this painting was scanned by the Talosians as they reviewed the library computer files on board USS Enterprise in 2254. (TOS-R: "The Cage")

This oil on canvas artwork was created by painter Francis Bicknell Carpenter, and was unveiled on July 22, 1864, two years after the day it depicted. [1] The painting is currently located at the United States Capitol. [2]
Two members of Lincoln's cabinet, Edward Bates (Attorney General) and Edwin M. Stanton (Secretary of War), who appeared in the original artwork, were cropped from the image used in "The Cage".
This image follows suit with the image of Moses Showing the Tables of the Law to the People, and according to Michael Okuda, "was intended to tie into the theme of Humans hating captivity."

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