Maryland Blogger: Emancipation Day, District of Columbia, Monday, April 16

Emancipation Day, District of Columbia, Monday, April 16

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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Comment balloon 13 commentsRoy Kelley • April 05 2018 08:00PM


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

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

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. 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 6 months ago

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.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago

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

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 6 months ago


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

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert 6 months ago


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

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 6 months ago

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.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 6 months ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

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.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 6 months ago

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