Lincoln took his son Tad, to Richmond with him that day. It was Tad's 12th birthday. As the two walked through the city, they encountered a group of freed slaves. The slaves recognized Lincoln, and began to bow down before him. Seeing this, Lincoln stopped and told them the following:
"Don't kneel to me. You must kneel only to God, and thank him for your freedom. Liberty is your birthright. God gave it to you as he gave it to others, and it is a sin that you have been deprived of it for so many years."
Lincoln would be assassinated 10 days later.