16 April 2012
Today marks the 150th anniversary of DC Emancipation Day. On April 16, 1862, Abraham Lincoln emancipated over 3000 enslaved African-Americans in the District, nearly 9 months before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves in the rebelling states of the Confederacy. It's been a holiday in DC since 2005.
I'm at work in Alexandria today, but if you're downtown or can get away with playing hooky, the HuffPo has a great summary of events you can attend.
Photo credit: Mr. T in DC