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Apr
10

Emancipation Day


Emancipation Day is celebrated in many former British colonies in the Caribbean and areas of the United States on various dates in observation of the emancipation of slaves of African origin. It is also observed in other areas in regard to the abolition of serfdom or other forms of servitude.

The municipality of Washington, D.C., celebrates April 16 as Emancipation Day. On that day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia. The Act freed about 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia nine months before President Lincoln issued his famous Emancipation Proclamation.

Other geographies celebrate different days as the Emancipation day. For eg.:

  • Carribean – August 1
  • Florida – May 20
  • Texas – June 19
  • British Virgin Islands – First Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of August
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