Northeast Library Celebrates D.C. Emancipation Day

Northeast Library

Northeast Library Celebrates D.C. Emancipation Day

3,000 paper doves on display

"April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. Over 3,000 enslaved persons were freed eight months before President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation liberated slaves in the South.”
-- C.R. Gibbs, Historian
 
Doves are often a symbol of peace and freedom. As such, more than 3,000 doves are displayed throughout the Northeast Library in honor of the “legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality.” 
 
Visit the Northeast Library in the next week to decorate your own dove to add to the project. More information about D.C. Emancipation Day is available online at http://emancipation.dc.gov/