Hello Ward 5!
On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862, ending slavery in Washington, DC, freeing 3,100 individuals, reimbursing those who had legally owned them and offering the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality that Washington, DC commemorates every April 16.
Councilmember McDuffie and staff will participate in the Emancipation Day Parade taking place Tuesday, April 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We are commemorating the 151st anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act.
If you would like to participate in the parade, please meet the Ward 5 team at 4th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW at 11:00 a.m. It is important that our presence be recognized and that we celebrate this occasion together as Washingtonians and Ward 5 residents.
Click here for additional information about other Emancipation Day activities.
Darrell Jackson, Jr.
Office of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
Chairman Pro Tempore
Chair, Committee on Government Operations
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20004
Visit us on the web at www.kenyanmcduffie.com