Lincoln and the Emancipated Slave

Accession Number

Lincoln and the Emancipated Slave

Randolph Rogers

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1866

Medium & Support
painted plaster

21 1/4 in x 14 3/16 in x 7 7/8 in (53.98 cm x 36.04 cm x 20 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Randolph Rogers

Subject matter
At the end of the Civil War (1861–65) there was an effort to promote an American Renaissance and to beautify cities with civic monuments and public sculpture. Sculptors, including Randolph Rogers, were commissioned to produce memorials that addressed themes of war and slavery and to commemorate military heroes, from the common soldier to President Abraham Lincoln himself.
This plaster cast was a maquette for a Civil War monument* and depicts Abraham Lincoln as the “Great Emancipator” freeing a slave, establishing a narrative of theoretical peace and unity.

Physical Description
Plaster sculpture of a standing male figure, his right hand resting upon a small column and his left hand holding the arm of a crouching African American female figure.

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Collection Area

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sculpture (visual works)
slaves (people)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 1st floor ➜ 103 (Marvin H. Davidson Gallery)