The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.
2018 Emancipation Day
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
It’s that time of year again! Join Mayor Bowser at the 2018 DC Emancipation Day Parade and Concert on Saturday April 14, 2018 from 2:00PM to 8:00PM.
Please let me know if you can attend, so I can keep an eye out for you. I look forward to seeing you this Saturday!
For additional information, visit: emancipation.dc.gov or Eventbrite link: https://2018emancipationday.eventbrite.com