On This Day: 13th Amendment abolishing slavery is certified by the Secretary of State

On This Day: 13th Amendment abolishing slavery is certified by the Secretary of State
The 13th Amendment abolishing slavery is certified by the Secretary of State. (Source: Library of Congress)

(WWBT) - On this day, Dec. 18, 1865, the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is certified by Secretary of State William Seward.

The amendment officially abolished slavery in the United States, 246 years after the first slaves arrived on the shores of Virginia in 1619.

We spoke to Virginia Museum of History and Culture’s Curator of Exhibitions Dr. Karen Sherry about the legacy of the 13th Amendment in this week’s episode of the How We Got Here podcast:

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