150th Anniversary of Emancipation Day

Today mark’s the 150th Anniversary of the Compensated Emancipation Act, legislation signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln that released slaves in the District of Columbia – nine months before the more well-known Emancipation Proclamation was issued.  Washington, D.C. now honors this day as Emancipation Day, a government holiday.

Today in D.C., a parade will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue to commemorate the holiday, and the Capitol Visitor Center is displaying an original copy of the Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862.

The Washington Post published a good article by Michael Ruane several days ago with interesting information on just how slave owners were compensated for their loss of “property” due to the Act.


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