The Lincoln Bible of 1864

"Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, signed in 1863 at the height of the Civil War, represented a fundamental change in his thinking about freedom, and began a process that ultimately brought an end to slavery in the United States.

In the following year, on September 7, 1864, a delegation “of the loyal colored people of Baltimore” arrived at the White House to give a Bible to Abraham Lincoln.

“Mr. President,” they said, “. . .we come to present to you this copy of the Holy Scriptures, as a token of a respect for your active participation in furtherance of the cause of the emancipation of our race."

Lincoln said: “In regard to the great book, I can only say it is the best gift which God has ever given man.”

Engage with the Bible—in a discovery of its impact and influence."


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