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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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John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 419, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 727-6306

Tracing the Lives and History of African American Families with Char McCargo Bah

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Tracing the Lives and History of African American Families with Char McCargo Bah

A presentation on tracing the lives and history of African American Families, and Ms. Bah’s most recent projects involving contrabands and cemeteries, and the lynching of two young men. This presentation will include a Q & A session.

Introduction by Commissioner Sabrina Thomas of the DC Emancipation Day Commemoration Commission.

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