16 april 1968 & 106th anniversary of legal end of slavery in dc
#OTD 16 April 1968 It is the 106th anniversary of the legal end of slavery in Washington, DC. The DC Compensated Emancipation Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln after the vociferous work of abolitionists/enslaved people. Lincoln signed it nine months prior to signing the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January 1863.
Your comments are welcome below. Were there any commemorations of emancipation act in 1968? Was it recognized by your school, church or family members? If so, in what way? You may comment privately here.
Click here to learn more about the anti-slavery movement in DC.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library, Evening Star, 16 April 1968.
"This Day in History," Evening Star, 16 April 1968.
Marya McQuirter, Ending Slavery in the Nation's Capital DC Government, 2009.