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“April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh

Deputy Mayor Donahue with the important reminder on why today is a holiday in D.C.:

“April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. Over 3,000 enslaved persons were freed eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation liberated slaves in the South.

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Josh writes about his photo above:

“The District of Columbia Court of Appeals, formerly known as City Hall, located on the 400 block of Indiana Avenue NW in the Judiciary Square neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Construction of the neoclassical style building, designed by George Hadfield, began in 1820, but wasn’t completed until 1849. The old City Hall was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The marble statue (1868, Lot Flannery) honoring Abraham Lincoln is the country’s oldest extant memorial to the assassinated president.”

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