by Borderstan.com April 15, 2011 at 6:30 am 1,492 0

African American Civil War Memorial, DC Emancipation Day, Luis Gomez Photos, U Street NW

There is a wreath-laying ceremony at 10 am Saturday at the African American Civil War Memorial, 10th and U Streets NW. The statue honors African Americans who fought in the Civil War. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Happy Emancipation Day, D.C.!

I love that most DC workers have today off for D.C. Emancipation Day (officially the day is tomorrow), yet we are still filing our taxes without representation today. Alert Alanis Morissette, we have actual irony for your comeback song, Irony (I mean it this time). Oh well, at least your taxes aren’t due until April 18!

Why do we celebrate April 16 in D.C.? In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln freed about 3,100 slaves in the District. Lincoln’s more famous Emancipation Proclamation — which freed slaves in the Confederate States — was signed January 1, 1863.

Emancipation Day Ceremonies on U Street

Each year there are Emancipation Day ceremonies at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum at 10th and U Streets NW. The museum just moved to 1925 Vermont Avenue NW, directly across from the memorial (the grand opening of the new location is Monday). Celebrations begin today at the museum at noon and then move to the memorial. There is a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday at 10 am at the memorial. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.



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