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Emancipation Day Parade

Emancipation Day festivities will be held on April 8, 2017.

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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.

Upcoming Events

Apr 8 2017 - 13:00
Apr 8 2017 - 19:00
Apr 8 2017 - 21:00

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John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 419, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 727-6306

Historic Walking Tour: Mapping Segregation

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Led by historian Sarah Shoenfeld. A walking tour of the adjacent LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale neighborhoods that will focus on the rise of DC’s black middle class and elite, including the intellectual, professional, and artistic community that gravitated to the Howard University area.  The tour will include a discussion of the life and work of Charles Hamilton Houston, the former Howard University Law School dean and NAACP attorney who led efforts to fight racially restrictive housing in DC and nationwide.


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