Celebrate DC Emancipation Day with a documentary screening and panel discussion with DC statehood rights activist and documentarian Anise Jenkins. This film and discussion will explore the history and struggle of freedom, civil rights and autonomy in the District of Columbia.
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.