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National Park Service DC Emancipation Day at Lincoln Statue

  • Lincoln Park 11th Street and East Capitol Street NE/SE (map)

·         2 - 5 pm Through a Child's Eyes -- Kids get to travel back in time with exciting programs designed just for them. Enjoy a puppet show, read stories about freedom and emancipation with a ranger, practice Civil War infantry drills, make your own monument (clay molding), and learn how to identify trees in Lincoln Park that have stood the test of time.

·         3:30 p.m. “The Lion’s Roar”—Frederick Douglass known as the “Lion of Anacostia,” delivered an unforgettable speech in Lincoln Park in 1876. See an actor dressed as Douglass perform an excerpt of that speech and bring it to life.

·         4:45 p.m. Rhythms Back Then—Enjoy live music from Federal City Brass Band as they perform music that would have been played on Emancipation Day 142 years ago. Dressed in Civil War uniforms, band members will use original instruments from the 1860s.

·         5:30 p.m. “Conflict of Commemoration”—Participate in a discussion about the significance of Emancipation Day and the meaning of the Emancipation statue.

·         6:30 p.m. A Moment in Time—Witness a grand reenactment of the moment in time Frederick Douglass stunned crowds at the 1876 dedication of the Emancipation statue. Enjoy music from a Civil War era band, see an actor portray “Frederick Douglass” and deliver his historic keynote address, listen to a live reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and see “President Grant” pull the lanyard to unveil the statue!

·         7:30 p.m. “National Treasure”—Join a ranger on a hunt for the hidden symbolism and meanings of the Emancipation statue.