This may becoming a tired refrain, but we are finally certain that Spring has sprung and is (hopefully) here to stay for the time being. Last week, Phil and members of Team Mendo had the pleasure of marching in the Emancipation Day parade.
Not sure what Emancipation Day is? It’s gotta be the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, right?
Close! Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia celebrates the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act by President Abraham Lincoln on April 16, 1862, which freed the 3,100 slaves held in the District of Columbia. These were the first slaves freed by the President, occurring nine months before the national Emancipation Proclamation was signed, freeing slaves in those states rebelling against the Union.
Every April 16, the District of Columbia government celebrates this momentous event with several festivities including discussion panels, concerts, fireworks, and of course, the Emancipation Day Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue!
Phil, along with fellow members of the District government, were joined by Congresswoman Norton, members of the US Armed Forces, the Metropolitan Police Department, District residents, and others in their march down Pennsylvania Avenue.
While it was an unseasonably cold April morning, Phil and the rest of Team Mendo held on strong, marching proud in honor of the 3,100 “First Freed” and had a truly enjoyable Emancipation Day parade.
Want to learn more about Emancipation Day in the District? Visit the official Emancipation Day website!