Emancipation Proclamation Celebration

Local residents re-live the moment our area found out that slaves were freed.
A crowd gathered at the Knott House Museum Tuesday morning for the Emancipation Day Celebration.
A re-enactor dressed as Union Brigadier General Edward McCook read the Emancipation Proclamation on the steps of the museum.
The very same place where the monumental decree that freed slaves was announced in Tallahassee on May 20, 1865.
Richard Walker, who is celebrating Emancipation Day, said, "My parents, they didn't have freedom. Part of my time coming up, I didn't have freedom. this day here means that we're actually free now."
General McCook made the proclamation announcement in downtown Tallahassee more than two years after it was first read in Washington, D.C.
He and his Union soldiers were staying at the Knott House after the end of the Civil War.


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