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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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1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 419, Washington, DC 20004
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Frederick Douglass’ Presence in the District with John Muller & J.L. McNeil

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Frederick Douglass’ Presence in DC with John Muller & J.L. McNeil Tickets

This presentation will address Douglass’ view on Reconstruction and the “Dream Deferred” – the failure of America to accept African Americans in the political, social, and economic mainstream. This presentation will include a Q & A session.

Introduction by Commissioner Sabrina Thomas of the DC Emancipation Day Commemoration Commission.


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