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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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The National Park Service presents “Experience Emancipation Day Where it All Began … Lincoln Park”

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The past and the present come together at Lincoln Park on April 16 with the celebration of Emancipation Day.  The program includes activities for families and children, a recreation of Frederick Douglass’s epic Emancipation Day speech and the unveiling of the historic Emancipation Group statue.  The program gives visitors an appreciation of the meaning of Emancipation Day and highlights the importance of city parks like Lincoln Park to city life.


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