Quincy Residents Celebrate Emancipation Day

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

Quincy, Fl --May 20, 2012--

Every year on May 20th, Floridians celebrate 'Emancipation Day', to remember the freeing of the slaves in Florida.

"Freedom is everything," says Latrenda Gainous, who helped organize Quincy's 'Emancipation Day' celebration.

Latrenda Gainous has known freedom all her life. But more than 140 years ago, the thought of freedom for millions of Americans, like her ancestors was just a dream. Now, every May 20th, she and millions of others Floridians celebrate 'Emancipation Day', remembering the day that dream became a reality and all the slaves in Florida were finally set free.

"It means a lot to know that my ancestors and my forefathers, they risked a lot of things for me to have this day," says Gainous.

It's a lesson of sacrifice that she learned from her grandfather when he started Quincy's 'Emancipation Day' celebration down by the banks of the river more than 60 years ago.

"We should never forget where we came from; our struggles, our trials, that helps us be who we are,"says Gainous.

A lesson Gainous hopes parents teach their children, so they never forget where they came from and better appreciate where they're going.

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation back on January 1, 1863. But it wasn't read in Florida until two years later.


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  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on May 21, 2012 at 02:09 PM
    Right , you probably believe ABE was a good , Honest man too. Abe Lincoln owned Slaves until AFTER the War. So did many Prominent Yankee Families. Second , Abe ONLY did it to keep Great Britain out of the War , from coming in on Behalf of the Confederacy. The South had planned to free them anyway , with the invention of the cotton gin , but the North beat them too it. I am so tired of people waving a Black Fist , shouting about White devils , using it as a crutch , and not even knowing Correct History. Get over it.
  • by who's free Location: tally on May 21, 2012 at 01:24 PM
    Blacks and whites were slaves then and still are slaves to the system, always looking for a hand-out and to lazy to find a job but keep on popping out them babies for a check. Slaves to the systems.
  • by FREEDOM on May 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM
    Just a thought. Some people will never be free or want to be free the way they give up there freedom to be in jail. Some of the most senseless acts cost people there freedom and wind up spending there life in jail. They have there choice to be free but instead spend there time incarcerated. just seems kind of funny to me.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 05:45 AM
    We should never forget where we came from; our struggles, our trials, that helps us be who we are,"says Gainous...what struggles, and trails have you suffered. You were never part of it. None...
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on May 21, 2012 at 05:09 AM
    No one is free on the Federal Plantation......
  • by Quincy Pc Modder on May 20, 2012 at 07:43 PM
    Due to the lack of communication or unwillingness to inform blacks of their freedom,the news of emancipation took a couple of months to get down south.So see racist blog poster,It wasnt a lack of I.Q.
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      by Jim on May 21, 2012 at 05:47 AM in reply to Quincy Pc Modder
      You don't know your own history. Do your homework. Two years not two months. Lincoln only freed slaves in his "termed" rebellious states where the federal troops were in control. The federals did not control Florida until 1865. For more of your history refer to the book Complicity. If you want to know the truth about how you got to the Western Hemisphere. All other slaves were not freed not by the War of Northern Aggression but by the 13th amendment to the constitution on December 6, 1865. This amendment process was available to Lincoln prior to starting his war.
  • by PROUD BLACK WOMAN Location: QUINCY on May 20, 2012 at 06:59 PM
    Rollings so much for IQ for you because you sound like a racist dummy right now maybe you need to take off your white sheet and go to church and by the way you should have camed to the EMANCIPATION and celebrated with us PEEPS as you call us
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      by SWRA on May 20, 2012 at 09:37 PM in reply to PROUD BLACK WOMAN
      You should take that obnoxious hat off and realize that "camed" isn't a word and the emancipation was over 120 years ago so you should get over it. Many of the first slaves of the New World were white, you don't see whites throwing community gatherings. One of the largest slave owners was a black man. Blacks sold other blacks into slavery. I understand see why many emancipation gatherings show blacks integrated with whites, even though slavery was outlawed in the Union states, blacks were not accepted by whites and were put into separate units. Lincoln destroyed the southern economy, the Confederation agreed to end slavery as a process but Lincoln said no, thus destroying the southern states' economy for good.
  • by SWRA on May 20, 2012 at 06:29 PM
    Today was a very sad day.
  • by Rollin in Quincy on May 20, 2012 at 04:41 PM
    Would you peeps please arrive at the church with your tunes turned down. Your celebrating nothing but the level of your IQ!
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