What is emancipation day?

Emancipation Day is commemorated in many former European colonies in the Caribbean and some states in USA, the dates range from April to August, in Washington DC this day commemorates the April 16th, since in 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act (an act of compensated emancipation) for the release of certain persons held for service or work in the District of Columbia.

The Law released some 3100 slaves in the District of Columbia nine months before the president Lincoln issue its most comprehensive Emancipation Proclamation. The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act represents the only example of compensation by the federal government to former emancipated slave owners.

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