• Andrew Johnson with Sioux delegation at White House

    Andrew Johnson

    National Historic Site Tennessee

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    The Memorial Building, enclosing Andrew Johnson’s tailor shop will be closed on September 22 and 23, 2014.

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    The wheelchair lift at the Early Home will be temporarily inaccessible during the week of September 22, 2014.

The 13th Amendment

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. It was adopted in 1865.

Section 1
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2
Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Did You Know?

cable portion

A successful transatlantic cable was completed in 1866. This connected America and England by telegraph and helped tremendously with international communications. The original cable, completed in 1858, worked only three weeks. The Civil War and financial troubles interrupted the effort until 1865.