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First Emancipation Observance - 1866
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N 32° 22.659 W 086° 18.585
16S E 564929 N 3582506
Quick Description: Historical marker commemorating the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/8/2011 8:57:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMCRYM
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Sprinterman
Views: 10

Long Description:
Located on the reverse of a marker on slave markets, this side tells the story of Montgomery's first observance of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The marker is located near the historic Court Square Fountain.
Marker Name: First Emancipation Observance - 1866

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
Complete text of the marker: Montgomery's first observance of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation was New Year's Day at Wilson's Grove on Mildred Street. A parade formed at Gilmer's Warehouse, Commerce Street. Invited were a brass band, the governor, legislators, aldermen, businessmen, benevolent societies, churches and fire engine companies. Peyton Finley, parade marshal, was the first black member of the State Board of Education. Speakers of the day included Holland Thompson, first black alderman and a state legislator, who advised "show by good conduct, industry, and fidelity, that the year 1866 was a year of jubilee, instead of insurrection." He also told the crowd to acquire land, homes, and education for their children.


Date Dedicated / Placed: 2001

Marker Number: Not Listed

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