D.C. parade marks 153 years since slaves were freed in the capital

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Nine months before former United States President Abraham Lincoln freed all slaves in Confederate states on Jan. 1, 1863, slaves in America’s capital city had their own emancipation

A two-hour parade on Thursday in Washington, D.C. marked the 153rd anniversary of the capital’s Emancipation Day, which celebrates the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act. The 1862 act unshackled 3,100 former slaves, and provided them with money to leave the capital, if they so desired

We’ve rounded up photos from the annual parade, below, and also included several from the 150th anniversary in 2012: Read more…

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