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The print is a reproduction of a cartoon depicting several American historical figures communing in a church. Henry Ward Beecher stands at a pulpit with a Communion chalice and refuses to serve George Washington, who is kneeling. John Brown points to a sign indicating that Communion is not to be held with slave holders. Congregation members depicted include William H. Seward, Abraham Lincoln, and Horace Greeley. The cartoon, published on 2 March 1861, two days before Abraham Lincoln's inauguration day, suggests the incoming administration would reject even the most revered of historical figures, George Washington. The print is organized and stored in a black album with other reproductive prints.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
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8 X 10 inches
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recto, above image: [?]44 / HARPER'S WEEKLY. / [MARCH 2, 1861. recto, below image: NO COMMUNION WITH SLAVEHOLDERS. / "Stand aside, you Old Sinner! WE are HOLIER than thou!" verso, on stamp: PRINT FROM PHOTOGRAPH / in possession of the Lincoln / National Life Foundation / Fort Wayne, Indiana / Identification Number 3535
Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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