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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.

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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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Georgetown University Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Emancipation of the District of Columbia

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In conjunction with the District of Columbia, Georgetown University presents a program  commemorating the Sesquicentennial  (150th) Anniversary of President Lincoln's signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act of April 16, 1862, which freed 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia nine months before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Presenters include:

Maurice Jackson, PhD., Associate Professor
The Meaning of the Emancipation in the Nation's Capital: 1862 and 2012

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