Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Marked By Watch Nights This Year

WASHINGTON — As New Year’s Day approached 150 years ago, all eyes were on President Abraham Lincoln. The nation was expecting what he warned would be coming just 100 days earlier: a final proclamation declaring all slaves to be free in Southern states rebelling against the Union.The tradition of holding Watch Night services began Dec. 31, 1862, as many black church congregations awaited word that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect amid the ongoing Civil War.Read More…
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Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Marked By Watch Nights This Year

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