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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

DC Statehood Now Panel with Former Mayor Sharon Pratt, Senator Paul Strauss, DC Vote’s Bo Shuff, and Jamal Holtz of 51 for 51, Moderated by Commissioner Ayanna Hawkins of the DC Emancipation Day Commemoration Commission

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Statehood Now: Mayor Sharon Pratt,Sen. Paul Strauss,Bo Shuff, & Jamal Holtz Tickets

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.


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