Emancipation Day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Emancipation was proclaimed in Tallahassee on May 20, 1865, 11 days after the end of the Civil War and two years after the proclamation was first issued by President Abraham Lincoln.
Learn more about the history of Emancipation Day celebrations in Florida, craft your own miniature maypoles, a standard tradition in Floridian Emancipation Day celebrations, and march in a mini-parade on the Cone Park Library lawn. Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 @ 2:30p.m.
This event is sponsored by the Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Rothman Endowment and the following partners: Cone Park Library Resource Center, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, African American History Project, Alachua County Library District
Contact: Cherie Kelley/Cone Park Library Resource Center/334-0456