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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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Daniel A. P. Murray Bench by the Road Dedication

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Daniel A. P. Murray was the second African American to hold a professional staff position with the Library of Congress. Please help commemorate his life and contributions at the Daniel A.P. Murray Bench by the Road Dedication.

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