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Emancipation Proclamation: Freedom in Washington, DC

Today‚Äôs blog post comes from National Archives social media intern Anna Fitzpatrick. Nine months before President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, he signed a bill on April 16, 1862, that ended slavery in the District of Columbia. The act finally … Continue reading

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A Capital Celebration: The National Archives Commemorates DC Emancipation

Today’s post comes from Gregory Marose, an intern in the National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications While Union and Confederate forces clashed on southern battlefields in 1862, a historic piece of legislation ended “the national shame” of slavery in … Continue reading

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Emancipation for DC

Today is Emancipation Day for the District of Columbia. Some of you might immediately wonder if this is related to DC’s current efforts to win representation and a vote, but it is a celebration for a different kind of freedom … Continue reading

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Your photos, then and now

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Last week we asked our readers to share photos that match up with some old images we have in our library. We got two responses … Continue reading

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