TO HELP AND HEAL
"I really love people."
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing "all slaves in areas still in rebellion." The historic moment was etched forever in the minds of the freed slaves. Years later, Booker T. Washington recounted the moment in detail. "My mother...leaned over and kissed her children. While tears of joy ran down her cheeks...the wild rejoicing on the part of the emancipated colored people lasted but a brief period."
After the Civil War, amendments to the United States Constitution quickly legalized the rights of former slaves. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery; the Fourteenth stated that citizenship rights