You may want to try any of the following:
- Make sure the web address is written and/or spelled correctly
- Visit www.dc.gov
- Use our Search tool above to find what you’re looking for
- Use the navigation menu above to find what you are looking for
What is Emancipation Day?
The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.