Happy D.C. Emancipation Day!

On April 16, 1862, eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation, President Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Emancipation Act and ended slavery in the District.

The D.C. Government celebrates Emancipation Day today with a series of events including lectures, performances and a parade.

You can read more about Emancipation Day in First Freed: Washington, D.C. in the Emancipation Era which is available on the 5th floor of Williams Library.

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