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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.

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

DC Emancipation Day Weekend Celebration April 16, 2023

Last Date:

Starts at 10 am:

Black Lives Matter Plaza
1400 Constitution Ave. NW

-  Lite Workout at the Plaza

- Go-Go Performances

- Live Radio Broadcast from Majic 102.3

- Live Gospel & Praise 104.1

- Games for Kids

All events are free


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