A panel discussion with leaders from the Washington, DC community on DC Statehood, why it is necessary, how it is relevant, and how both individuals and organizations are working to level the playing field for DC’s nearly 700,000 residents. This presentation will include a Q & A session.
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.