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Emancipation Day

The District of Columbia officially celebrates Emancipation Day on April 16th.  


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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Elizabeth Thomas, Heroine of Fort Stevens - How to Find the Jewels on Your Family Tree

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In the quest to find information about her ancestors, genealogist Alice Freeman Harris discovered the remarkable story of her Great, Great Aunt Elizabeth Thomas, who was an important figure in District of Columbia Civil War history.  Ms. Harris will describe how you can begin researching your ancestors.  Using her own Great, Great Aunt Elizabeth Thomas as a case study, she will demonstrate how you can find jewels on your own family tree. Ms.


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