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The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act

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US Capitol Visitor Center, East Plaza of the US Capitol (accross the street from the Supreme Court and Library of Congress)

On loan from the National Archives and Records Administration, the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act is on display at the Capitol Visitor Center, as part of the Congress and the Civil War exhibit. The Act, which was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on April 16, 1862, freed 3,100 enslaved persons and ended slavery in the District. The Capitol Visitor Center is open Monday - Saturday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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