Happy Emancipation Day, all. In honor of the District’s recently-revived holiday to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation, we perused the City Paper archives for more details on this unique event. (We grew up on Juneteenth, so it’s kind of exciting to live in a town that actually heard about the proclamation when it came out!)

Last year, Lauren McEwan gave a brief history of Emancipation Day.

Back in 2000, Aaron Lloyd wondered why Emancipation Day was marked in front of a statue of a slave crouching before President Abraham Lincoln. The history of the statue is fascinating.

One bonus of the holiday: Emancipation Day extends tax filing to the 17th on years when April 15 falls on a weekend. Like this year!

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