What is Emancipation Day? 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. Read more about the History of Emancipation Day and see the Emancipation Day Photo Gallery. Final free event:
Sunday, April 27th
Salem Baptist Church Emancipation Day Celebration
This program will include songs of liberation, poetry, recitals, readings and other performances in celebration of emancipation in the District of Columbia. Come celebrate with some of the best gospel groups, poets, actors, etc. in the metropolitan area.
Salem Baptist Church
917 N Street NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq