The Washington Post – Officially, Emancipation Day commemorates when President Abraham Lincoln signed an act freeing all 3,100 slaves residing in the District, eight months ahead of the Emancipation Proclamation.
But the day, which has been celebrated in Washington for more than 150 years, has come to symbolize much more.
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