Emancipation Day, District of Columbia, Monday, April 16

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Emancipation Day, District of Columbia, Monday, April 16


Emancipation Day is a holiday in the District of Columbia.  This holiday marks the anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862 by President  Abraham Lincoln.  It is held annually on April 16.

Local government offices are closed in Washington, DC and a number of events take place to share the history of the District of Columbia in general and slavery in particular.

Slavery was legal until 1865 in most of the area that is now the United States. The Compensation Emancipation Act freed more than 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia.  However, slavery did not officially end in the rest of the country until the end of the American Civil War in 1865.

Did you know that slavery was abolished in the British Empire on August 1, 1834?


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Roy. It should be a holiday with many planned events! Enjoy your day!

Apr 16, 2018 04:31 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I hope that you and Dolores have a wonderful Emancipation Day, Roy.

Apr 16, 2018 05:25 AM #2
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I do love studying history. In MA today it is Patriots day, celebrating Paul Revere's famous ride. NH used to have Fast Day holiday which was abolosished some years ago. Many of my investors are from MA and take today off. When good weather I would head into Boston to see the Red Sox and then head to the Marathon finsih line for some cheering. Today though we are socked in ice, it is suppose to warm and heavy rain and thunderstorms on the way. I did not make the annual trek into Boston today. 

Apr 16, 2018 05:55 AM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi there, Roy. Thanks for the reminder about Emancipation Day in DC. An important date to commemorate. Hard to believe slavery was every an okay practice in our country.  D

Apr 16, 2018 06:41 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Roy Kelley - I was wonderdering way tax day got moved to Tuesday... now I know. Thank you. 

Apr 16, 2018 07:07 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am guessing that this means no mail today, I have a habit of forgetting it's a holiday, checking my mail and being disappointed that I didn't receive any, haha.

Apr 16, 2018 07:43 AM #9
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Hard to believe this ever existed, but it's nice that D.C. celebrates it as Emancipation Day...

Apr 16, 2018 08:07 AM #10
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 What a wonderful bit of trivia on Emancipation Day! I hope you and Delores have a wonderful week ahead!

Apr 16, 2018 12:18 PM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Now I understand why the tax due date was moved to 4/17 this year.  I had no idea there was an Emancipation Day.  Thank you for making me smarter today!  A

Apr 16, 2018 12:46 PM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I learned something new today.  I had no idea there was an Emancipation Day.  I had wondered why tax day had been rescheduled until tomorrow.

Apr 16, 2018 04:59 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Apr 17, 2018 04:56 AM #14
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Roy - even though I lived in the District for a few years I was oblivious of this day until much later. It seems I am not alone.

Apr 17, 2018 06:45 AM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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The Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory is an important part of the City's history. Observatory Park celebrates that history and tells the story of the stargazing work that went on there for nearly a century, helping with global latitude measurements. The Community Museum is seeking volunteers to staff events that are held at the Observatory throughout the year. Training will take place on Monday, April 30, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. SSL hours are available. Click here for details.
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