Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King moderates a conversation with Drs. G. Derek Musgrove and Chris Myers Asch. Musgrove is an associate professor of history at University of Maryland Baltimore County and Asch teaches history at Colby College. Musgrove and Asch are co-authors of Chocolate City: Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital.
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.