Emancipation Day Celebration

Emancipation Day Celebration

Emancipation Day Celebration
PO Box 701
Hutchinson , KS 67504-0701
Phone: 620-663-6673 or 620-669-3931 |

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Info - With the Civil War raging, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation after the Battle of Antietam in August of 1862. The Proclamation decreed that on January 1, 1863, all slaves, including those owned in rebellious southern states, would be freed. While the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves on paper, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution made in 1865, served as the legal justification for ending the practice of slavery throughout the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation was an important first step in gaining racial equality. A quest that continues even today. The signing of the Proclamation has come to be celebrated across the United and was first celebrated in Hutchinson in 1889. Emancipation Day Board of Directors: Bernard James, Dee Wilson, Pat Garwood, Gerald Wickliffe, Mark Rassette, Beulah Walker, Jennifer Vierthaler, Gene Jones, Carolyn Parson, Darrell Pope, Glinda Theus, Dellis Neal. ss
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