WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, December 9, congressional leaders will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which formally abolished slavery in the United States.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will take part in the Emancipation Hall ceremony.
The 13th Amendment declared that neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist within the United States or any place subject to its jurisdiction. It was passed by the U.S. Congress on January 31, 1865, and achieved ratification on December 6 of that same year. The 13th Amendment was the first of three Reconstruction amendments adopted after the Civil War.
The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. CT.