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Emancipation Day 2017

Emancipation Day festivities will be held on April 8, 2017. These include the parade at 1 pm, the concert at Freedom Plaza at 3 pm and fireworks at 9 pm.

Register to attend or view the flyer.

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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Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition, and Hope

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Georgetown University, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Washington and the Society of Jesus in the United States, will hold a religious ceremony and building dedication of Isaac Hawkins Hall and Anne Marie Becraft Hall, in honor of the 272 enslaved men, women and children sold by Maryland Jesuits in 1838. Please RSVP at slavery.georgetown.edu/building-dedication-prayer-service.

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