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April 16 – Emancipation Day


  • Today is Emancipation Day; celebrated exclusively in the District of Columbia (Washington DC).
  • It was on April 16, 1862 that President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act.
  • This act freed more than 3000 slaves that were living within the District.
  • It was the start of other proclamations and a constitutional amendment that led to the
    abolishment of slavery in the United States.
  • What comments can you share?

INFO: more about emancipation day (new win)
HISTORY: lincoln signing the emancipation proclamation (new win)
INFO: 13th Amendment: abolition of slavery (new win)
YOUTUBE: why DC emancipation is so important (new win)
YOUTUBE: slavery – crash course US history (new win)


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