Wednesday, 17 April 2013

D.C. celebrates Emancipation Day with Grammy award winner Kirk Franklin

D.C. celebrates Emancipation Day with Grammy award winner Kirk Franklin, The District of Columbia celebrated the 151st DC Emancipation Day Tuesday with a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue and musical performances by several groups, including nine time Grammy award-winning artist Kirk Franklin. The event concluded with fireworks at Freedom Plaza.

Marching bands and politicians were among the many who paraded along Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, to celebrate the day President Abraham Lincoln freed slaves in the District of Columbia. The parade has a grand history. From 1866 to 1901, the Emancipation Day parade was the largest parade in the country.

The freeing of slaves in the District of Columbia began with the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act, which was Lincoln’s first official act to abolish slavery in the country. The Act came nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation.

Read more about D.C. emancipation and last year’s events.

Despite a high police presence in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, hundreds turned out to enjoy the parade and musical performances.

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