Hello Everyone:

“Catching Up with the Curator” a White House series released the following poignant painting last week, several days after I reflected upon 6 of Abraham Lincoln’s quotes (blog posts below) which related to the outstanding movie “Lincoln” which tells the story of Lincoln’s challenges and commitment in getting the US Congress to pass the 13th Amendment in 1865 more than two years after “The Emancipation Proclamation” was written.

The painting, called Watch Meeting–Dec. 31st 1862–Waiting for the Hour completed in 1863 by William Carlton, shows a group of African American men, women and children waiting for the clock to strike midnight — the hour the Emancipation Proclamation would go into effect.

Check it out, and learn why President Obama hand-picked this painting to hang in the West Wing with White House Curator Bill Allman narrating the following 2 minute video.

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Great Art is Poignant!

Camille

Camille Mitchell
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