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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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Mayor Bowser Presents: The 2022 DC Emancipation Day Parade and Concert

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Join Mayor Muriel Bowser to Celebrate 2022 DC Emancipation Day 

The 2022 DC Emancipation Day Parade will begin at the cross section of Pennsylvania and 10th Streets NW, and travel to the cross section of Pennsylvania and 14th Streets NW. The DC Emancipation Day Concert will be held at Freedom Plaza and will conclude with a fireworks display.

2:00 – 3:00 pm - Parade

3:00 – 8:30 pm - Emancipation Day Concert


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