D.C. celebrates Emanicpation Day.

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Here's What's Happening for DC Emancipation Day

April 12, 2019

Every April D.C. celebrates the anniversary of the Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 which ended slavery in Washington, D.C. and freed 3,100 slaves.

"It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day,” D.C. Mayor's office said in a statement.

This year's D.C. Emancipation Day celebration will include a host of free events from parade and concert to opportunities to learn about the city's history and engage in discussion.

WPGC's own Poet will announce the parade Saturday, April 13 and will start at 2 p.m.

A free concert, which will follow the parade, will feature stars Mya, Faith Evans, Dough E Fresh, Master Gee of Sugar Hill Gang, EU Featuring Sugar Bear, Kenny Latimore and more.

For more information on events happening to celebrate this important day in history check out the DC Emancipation Day website.

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