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DC Emancipation Reading of the Names of the First Freed

  • African American Civil War Memorial 10th Street and Vermont Avenue NW (U Street Metro) (map)

The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act ended slavery in Washington DC by paying slave holders for releasing those whom they held in bondage. Although not written by him, the Act was signed into law by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 16, 1862. 

Join us and members of the community at the African American Civil War Memorial as we read the names of those first freed 156 years ago. 

Earlier Event: April 15
Book Talk: They Knew Lincoln