"These are a little creepy, but part of an important time in American history. Together, they're worth about $900."
- Fact 1: These dolls, meant to be burned in effigy, represent then-president Abraham Lincoln and a slave freed by the Emancipation Proclamation.
- Fact 2: Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, legally freeing an estimated 3.1 million slaves in Confederate-controlled states.
- Fact 3: The signing of the Emancipation Proclamation made abolition the central goal of the American Civil War, and further polarized the already heavily divided nation.
- Fact 4: The Emancipation Proclamation did not outlaw slavery; it controversially freed only slaves owned in Confederate states, intended as a way to force Union states to confront slavery issues themselves.
- Fact 5: The last slave community freed under the Emancipation Proclamation was Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, nearly two years after the signing of the order. Juneteenth, as it is now known, has become an increasingly popular remembrance holiday.