Saturday, February 12th is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. You were probably taught in school that he’s the president who ended slavery.
Sorry to tell you that your teacher was misinformed.
Lincoln helped make slavery illegal. But that hasn’t prevented slavery from still existing.
“If slavery is not wrong,” Lincoln wrote in 1864, “nothing is wrong.”
However, there are 27 million slaves in the world today – more than any other time in history. Thousands are here in the U.S. Just like in Lincoln’s time, slaves are forced to work without pay under threat of violence, and they’re unable to walk away.
For Lincoln’s birthday, you can help Free the Slaves educate the next generation of abolitionists.
Join the pilot phase of our Freedom Education Project on IndieGoGo. Our goal is to donate 27 books about modern slavery to schools and libraries in California. The books feature the stunning photography of Lisa Kristine, who has traveled to the frontlines to capture Free the Slaves field projects around the world. All donations, big or small, get us closer to the goal. And all proceeds help Free the Slaves fight slavery worldwide.