Ancestors Mark DC Emancipation Day with Ceremony at Oldest Black Cemetery

Every April 16th, DC celebrates Emancipation Day to commemorate Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 that freed 3,100 enslaved individuals in the District of Columbia. This year participants gathered at a libation ceremony and reading of the names of the over three thousand freed people at the Mt. Zion/Female Union Band cemeteries that share a 3-acre plot in Georgetown.