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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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Slavery by Another Name

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The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation will commemorate the District of Columbia Sesquicentennial Emancipation Day Celebration with the documentary, Slavery by Another Name, followed by a questions and answers session with some of the guests featured in the documentary. Guests invited to participate in the program include Ambassador George Haley.

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