(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery in America. The state has actually secured a major spot in history as it relates to freedom. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and managed to get the 13th Amendment through Congress almost two years later, ending slavery on January 31st, 1865. The state’s Legislature jumped right on board and became the first to ratify the amendment. And, the nation’s first black president is, of course, from Illinois.