Ceremonial copy of the Thirteenth Amendment signed by Lincoln, February 1, 1865

The Thirteenth Amendment

Passed by Congress in January 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment irrevocably abolished slavery throughout the entire United States. To commemorate the achievement, members of the House and Senate, Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, and President Abraham Lincoln signed several commemorative copies of the document. Lincoln’s signature is visible in the center of the upper portion. Within a year of its passage, three-fourths of the states had ratified the amendment, making freedom the law of the land.