150th Anniversary of D.C. Emancipation

Anise Kenkins rattles chains in honor of DC Emancipation Day, commemorating the freeing of slaves in the District of Columbia in 1862, and also in support of voting rights for the District of Columbia
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Anise Kenkins rattles chains in honor of DC Emancipation Day, commemorating the freeing of slaves in the District of Columbia in 1862, and also in support of voting rights for the District of Columbia

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act of the District of Columbia, months before the more famous Emancipation Proclamation. The local law granted 3,100 slaves within D.C. their freedom.

D.C. Emancipation Day is on Monday, April 16, a public holiday, and the District is celebrating today, this weekend and Monday with events, ranging from stops at several memorials, shows at the Lincoln Theater and a fireworks display at Freedom Plaza.

DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION AT THE CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM & CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AT CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL, THURSDAY, APRIL 12

• HOST: THE HONORABLE FRANK SMITH

• 4:00 PM TO 6:30 PM

THE DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT THE LINCOLN THEATRE, THURSDAY, APRIL 12

• WEST VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND

• HOWARD UNIVERSITY CHOIR

• BRIAN LENAIR

• 6:15 PM TO 7:00 PM LOBBY RECEPTION

• 7:00 PM TO 10 PM PROGRAM

DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY JAZZ & COMEDY CONCERT AT THE LINCOLN THEATRE, FRIDAY, APRIL 13

• WEST VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND

• BRIAN LENAIR

• DICK GREGORY

• 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM AT THE LINCOLN EMANCIPATION STATUTE ON CAPITOL HILL, SATURDAY, APRIL 14

• HOST: FREE DC

• 7:30 AM TO 8:30 AM

DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM AT THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS ESTATE, SATURDAY, APRIL 14

• Hosts: Rev Willie Wilson, Historian C.R. Gibbs, Peter Haynes

• 3:00 PM TO 5:00 PM

BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION (BET) PRESENTS THE DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY GREAT DEBATE AT THE LINCOLN THEATER

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM.

• REV. AL SHARPTON

• MICHAEL ERIC DYSON

• TBD

• TBD

• T. J. HOLMES, MODERATOR

DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY CHURCH SERVICES, SUNDAY, APRIL 15

• REQUEST ALL CHURCHES TO HOST 150TH ANNIVERSARY DC EMANCIPATION DAY RELIGIOUS SERVICES WITH THEIR CONGREGATIONS

• INVITE ALL CONGREGATIONS TO DC EMANCIPATION DAY PARADE, ACTIVITIES & CONCERT

• DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY GOSPEL BRUNCH

AT THE HAMILTON RESTAURANT LOCATED AT 14 & F STREETS, NW

• 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSAY ACTIVITIES AT THE LINCOLN COTTAGE SOLDIERS HOME, SUNDAY, APRIL 15

• Host: Paul Pascal

• 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Monday, April 16

DC EMANCIPATION DAY

DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY PRAYER BREAKFAST, MONDAY, APRIL 16

• Willard Hotel: 8:00 AM

• Invited Guest: Rev Al Sharpton

• Invited Guest: Dick Gregory

• Invited Guest: Rev. Joel Osteen

DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE, MONDAY, APRIL 16, 11 AM

• PARADE ROUTE- 3RD & PA AVE NW TO 13 ½ PA AVE NW

• GRAND MARSHALLS:

3100 MARSHALLS OF THE VILLAGE INCLUDING NATIONAL & LOCAL LEADERS OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE

DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY E STREET NW FESTIVAL (BETWEEN 13TH ST NW & 14TH ST NW), MONDAY, APRIL 16

• 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM, ACTIVITIES & CONCERT, MONDAY, APRIL 16, AT FREEDOM PLAZA.

• 2:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

• Concert

DC EMANCIPATION DAY 150TH ANNIVERSARY FIREWORKS EXHIBITION, MONDAY, APRIL 16

• 8:45 PM TO 9:15 PM

• Location: 13th Street NW & PA AVE NW

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Emancipation of the District of Columbia Georgetown University, 9 to 11:00 a.m., Copley Formal Lounge. RSVP 202-687-5677 or cbm29@georgetown.edu.

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