Emancipation Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

Emancipation Day celebrates President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act on 16 April 1862. It is a holiday in Washington D.C. The Compensated Emancipation Act freed over 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia. Nine months later, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed over three million slaves across a large number of … Continue reading Emancipation Day 2021, 2022 and 2023