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Mayor's Order 2004-35

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mayor's Order 2004-35 established the Emancipation Commemoration Commission to advise the Mayor and Council on activities by the District of Columbia to recognize the Compensated Emancipation Act, approved by Congress on April 16, 1862, which abolished slavery in the District of Columbia and is recognized by statute as a private legal holiday.