Tallahassee Emancipation Day Celebration

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Sunday marks a major day in Florida's history.

Tons of people traveled to downtown Tallahassee to commemorate Emancipation Day in Florida.

This was part of a week full of events, reminding people of the importance of freedom.

This afternoon's event included a re-enactment from General Edward McCook who read the Emancipation Proclamation on the footsteps of the Knott museum back in 1865.

The Knott Museum is open from Wednesday through Saturday and provides tours for the public.


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  • by Complain complain Location: Tallahassee on May 21, 2012 at 06:25 PM
    If you want to celebrate being white, knock yourself out. Nobody can stop you. Seems like most people who posted are just looking for something else to whine about. "They always do this...they want that" is all I see. Waaaaaaah!
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on May 21, 2012 at 02:30 PM
    Yet , let the White man try to celebrate being White. We are labeled hateful and jailed. DOUBLE STANDARD.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on May 21, 2012 at 02:26 PM
    Frank , yes. And also look throughout History . Indians stole Black slaves , made them work. British , French , and even the Light skinned Egyptians made the Dark Folks haul stones. Yet the whites are to blame? People have always taken over the weak. It is the way of the World. Like you said , everyone else has made an existance , why cant they , without demanding a hand out.
  • by Frank on May 21, 2012 at 07:47 AM
    The blacks were not the only race who were slaves. The indians were slaves to other indians. The Irish were slaves in the factories. The Portugese were slaves on the ships coming over here. But the blacks just harp on it every chance they get. Like we give a hoot. Instead of becoming Americans and getting on with life, they use it as a crutch to evade responsibility for their actions. They look for every reason for the world to support them and their way of life. Well, get over it and stop making their only history as that of being slaves. The Irish, the indians, the Portugese and all the other races have. They'd rather not think of themselves as slaves; instead they want to be known for other things. Why don't blacks? All they want to be known for is slaves. That's dumb.
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      by Lisa on May 21, 2012 at 08:54 AM in reply to Frank
      Thank you Frank! I agree with you totally!!
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      by Well said on May 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM in reply to Frank
      Well said Frank. Thank you!
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      by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM in reply to Frank
      Slave. Slav. Get it? Merriam-Webster says from the Medieval Latin: sclavus from Sclavus Slavic, from the frequent enslavement of Slavs in central Europe during the early Middle Ages. The first known use is in the 14th Century.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on May 21, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    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 slave 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 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. This war was started by Lincoln to make the South toe the mark and in doing so the secondary effect was the end of slavery.
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      by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 06:50 AM in reply to Jim
      Don't you have it exactly backwards? Slaves were freed only in rebellious states where the Union Army was not in control. There were 33 states in November of 1860. A Constitution amendment requires a 2/3 vote of each chamber of Congress, and then ratification by 3/4 of state legislatures. At least, that is how the Constitution has been amended. There were 15 slaveholding states. It sounds to me like there would be something like 30 votes against an amendment, far more than the 23 required to kill an amendment. In any event, 44 Senate votes would be required to approve an amendment and it sounds like it would be difficult to achieve them. The firing on Fort Sumter took place on April 12, 1861, with 6 weeks of Lincoln's inaugural.
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        by ? on May 21, 2012 at 07:45 AM in reply to
        You have to watch what the government writes about slavery for the schools. Read what the old newspapers write - that's where the truth is.
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          by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM in reply to ?
          Why not read the Emancipation Proclamation itself? Go right to the source. It actually lists the place which are then in rebellion and consequently the places where slaves are henceforth free, as of January 1, 1863.
  • by Tallygirl on May 21, 2012 at 05:24 AM
    I hate being call African American....I was born in America, I a an American. Please take this off of the application and other forms!!!!
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      by I agree,, on May 21, 2012 at 05:49 AM in reply to Tallygirl
      If every black thought the same way..we would have a better black/white relationship.
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      by HMA on May 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM in reply to Tallygirl
      I sympathize with you. I do know a few true African Americans. One of them is a caucasion guy named Frans. He has had some fun with those forms.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on May 21, 2012 at 03:39 AM
    Just another day to teach hate IMO. "Deo Vindice."
  • by Frank on May 20, 2012 at 08:27 PM
    Oh yes don't miss an opportunity to drive a bigger wedge between the blacks and all other peoples of the United States of America. Why don't you just be Americans for a change.
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      by Sarah on May 21, 2012 at 04:10 AM in reply to Frank
      This is not to drive a wedge between people but to explain the significance of recognition the freedom for slave in the State of Florida. The wedge will be there as long as attitudes of the people remain the same. After the being freed from slavery, many blacks chose to stay in this country while some went back to their home lands. Slavery is a part of history and we have to recognize that it will always be there.
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        by Kevin aka Reality on May 21, 2012 at 02:28 PM in reply to Sarah
        Lies. They do NOT want recognition. They want special treatment and handouts. Tell the TRUTH.
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          by senior on May 21, 2012 at 03:47 PM in reply to Kevin aka Reality
          Spot on!
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