SW Freedom Fest
This event will feature an exhibit of esteemed artist Kristin Hayes-Campbell, a descendant of a Pearl family, the band and dance team of Richard Wright Public Charter High School in SW, and complimentary food and drink.
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.