By: Chris Gros
May 24, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - Don't be alarmed if you see Civil War Soldiers roaming the streets of Tallahassee tonight.
They're members of the 2nd Infantry Regiment United States Colored Soldiers. Tonight was the Emancipation and Abolitionist Ball where the regiment concluded "Emancipation Season."
Tonight's ball is meant to replicate the celebration that followed the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Tallahassee in 1865.
"It was a celebration, the slaves were freed, African Americans had some freedoms that they didn't have before. So what we do is we culminate this with the Emancipation and Abolitionist Ball time to come out celebrate, remember those in the past and celebrate as they celebrated back then," said Jarvis Rosier, 2nd Infantry USCT.
It took two years for the Emancipation Proclamation to be read in Florida. This year marks the 149th year.